Fine and 5 points announced for passing school buses loading or unloading passengers

West Milford police expressed concern about motorists ignoring the law.

| 23 Feb 2022 | 03:56

Motorists who pass stopped school buses may be fined a minimum of $100 and receive five points on their driver’s licenses, says West Milford Township Police Chief James Devore. The Police Department Patrol Division is monitoring stopped school buses that are loading and unloading students to apprehend violators of the stopped school bus law.

Devore reminds motorists to stop when the red lights of a school bus are flashing and the stop arm is out.

“The Board of Education received complaints of vehicles passing school buses,” said Lt. Anthony Parrello, when asked about the new vigilance. So far, he said, “Patrol Officers have conducted 55 directed patrols with the Township buses. From this there were 11 motor vehicle stops. One summons was issued. Zero summonses were issued for passing a stopped school bus.”