Drawing above by:
Dina Ruppert
District No 7 Elem. School Grades K-2

Stop Arm Pilot Program in NC

Operation STOP ARM

Stoparm violation reports have been collected by North Carolina public schools since 1999 and they reveal a persistent problem which exposes school children to danger at bus stops. Visit here to learn how NC is using new camera technology that may reduce these serious offenses and to see actual video of stop arm violations captured by these cameras.


Stop Arm Violation Statistics:

Stop Arm Awareness in the NEWS

Digtriad.com: School Bus Laws: When to Stop
News14.com: School Buses go high tech to ensure student's safety
The-Dispactch.com: Dare to pass a school bus? Troopers enforce Operation Stop Arm week
WRAL.com: Troopers bring safety message to State Fair
WNCT Eyewitness News: Carteret County tracking drivers who speed past school bus stop arm


Your School Bus Passenger Stop - Consistency Makes the Difference (6:47 min)

Viewable in Windows Media Player (60MB) or Real Player (4.8MB)

Stop Arm Violation Awareness Posters & Banners

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Violation Forms

School Bus Illegal Passing Data COLLECTION Form (PDF) or (MS Doc file)
Statewide School Bus Stop Arm Violation Count - Tally Sheet 2019
Report of violation of School Bus Law (G. S. 20-2 17) (MS Doc file) or (PDF file)

Legislation (House/Senate Bills)

  • 2017 Law (S55) - Authorizes use of Photographic or Video Evidence for the Civil Enforcement of Violations for Passing a Stopped School Bus.
  • 2013 Law (H428) – $500 Minimum Fine; License Revocation for Repeat Offenders
  • 2009 Law (440): Camera & Video evidence may be used to prosecute Stoparm Violations + stiffer Penalties
  • 2007 Law (924): Introduces Class I Felony, Removes the 8" Signage requirement that defined a school bus, and requires a School Bus be painted yellow.
  • 2006 Law (2880): No Prayer for Judgement (PJC) for Stoparm Violations
  • 2005 Law (1400): Increased Penalty for Stoparm Violations
  • 2001 Law (774): Rental Companies must notify Renters of law forbidding passing a stopped School Bus