RMV Deploys Third Annual Operation Yellow Blitz - Drivers Cited for Illegally Passing School Busses
(Boston, MA) RMV Inspectors and local police officers netted 32 drivers in more than 30 communities as part of a statewide surveillance operation intended to highlight school bus safety. This is the third year the RMV has organized "Operation Yellow Blitz" to catch motorists who fail to stop for school busses that are picking-up or dropping-off student passengers.
"The 60 seconds a driver has to stop for a school bus could mean the life of a child," said Registrar Anne L. Collins. "This joint operation drives home the point that it's not worth the risk to ignore the flashing lights of a school bus."
Every year, the RMV receives thousands of complaints from parents, police and school bus drivers against motorists who fail to stop for a school bus. Violators face a $250 citation for a first offense and $500 fine and six month license suspension for subsequent violations.
Operation Yellow Blitz targets problem areas in communities, but school bus drivers throughout the year also take down license plates of offenders and report them to the RMV. Repeat violators may be called in for an administrative hearing that could result in the suspension or revocation of their driver's license. Last year, the RMV sent out 2,326 warning letters to motorists.
Last year, Operation Yellow Blitz which usually coincides with National School Bus Safety Week, nabbed 75 violators.* In 2005, surveillance teams cited 90 drivers.
Registrar Collins says this year's number of citations may be an indication that public awareness of the problem is taking hold. "In 17 communities today we saw every driver stop for the school bus. Total compliance with the law in every community will help insure our students get to and from school safely."
*The number of drivers cited for the entire year of 2006 was 1,479.
Operation Yellow Blitz - October 23, 2007
Communities with no violations
Participating Communities with the total number of citations
- East Boston
Participating communities that also issued RMV warning letters