Drivers pass school buses at rate of more than 40,000 a day

Posted at 2:45 PM, Feb 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-02 14:45:30-05

Drivers in New York state are passing stopped school buses at a rate of more than 40,000 per day, according to a new study by the New York Association for Pupil Transportation.

Of the 35 districts that took part in a survey on January 19th, 878 school bus drivers reported being passed 727 times. Of those instances, 88 drivers passed the bus on the passenger side, where children get on and off the bus.

When you factor in the more than 50,000 school buses statewide, the NYAPT estimates school buses were passed on this day at a rate of 41,401 times. 

The numbers are consistent with those of "Count Day" in December 2016, when NYAPT estimated 44,314 drivers passed stopped school buses, including more than 6,600 illegal passes on the passenger side of the bus.

First-time offenders who pass a stopped school bus face a fine of up to $400 and five points on their license.