Post Content

MassDOT Registry of Motor Vehicles inspectors and local police handed out 110 citations in 160 cities and towns during a statewide undercover operation targeting drivers who illegally pass school buses while picking up and dropping off students.

This is the seventh year the RMV has organized "Operation Yellow Blitz" to put a spotlight on the danger such activity poses on a daily basis.

"We want to get the word out that drivers on both sides of the road need to stop when school buses pick up or drop off children," said Registrar Rachel Kaprielian who accompanied the surveillance team in Watertown last week. "Those who would ignore a stopped school bus risk injuring a child. Without exception, all traffic approaching a school bus with red flashing lights must stop."

Registrar Kaprielian said the number of participating communities increases every year, up from 30 in 2007 and 110 in 2009, and that Operation Yellow Blitz results reveal that while many people are conscientious while driving near a school bus, there is still an alarming lack of awareness.

School bus drivers, police and parents frequently inform the RMV of the danger posed by motorists who refuse to stop for a school bus. Violators face a $250 citation for a first offense and $1,000 fine and six month license suspension for a second violation within two years.

Operation Yellow Blitz is an annual program targeting problem intersections and roadways. But school bus drivers are on the lookout for non-compliant drivers every day. Drivers write down offending driver license plate numbers and report them to the RMV. Repeat violators face the possibility of an administrative hearing that can result in a driver’s license suspension or revocation.  In 2010, the RMV sent out 2,154 warning letters. So far this year, 1,625 warning letters have gone out.

Written By:

Recent Posts

EZPass: New Service to Reload Transponders, Pay by Plate posted on Oct 17

EZPass: New Service to Reload Transponders, Pay by Plate

MassDOT is supplementing All-Electronic Tolling at the Tobin Bridge with a new retail Cash Payment Network system. This program, which is now officially live, will allow cash preferred customers to pay their PAY BY PLATE MA invoices and replenish their MassDOT E-ZPass accounts at over   …Continue Reading EZPass: New Service to Reload Transponders, Pay by Plate

Governor Patrick Announces Fairmount Line Service Upgrades posted on Oct 16

Governor Patrick Announces Fairmount Line Service Upgrades

Governor Deval Patrick today joined MassDOT Secretary & CEO Richard A. Davey, MBTA General Manager Dr. Beverly Scott and state and local officials to announce a package of service upgrades to the MBTA‘s Fairmount Commuter Rail Line to improve the Line’s reliability, frequency and to   …Continue Reading Governor Patrick Announces Fairmount Line Service Upgrades

Lowell: Thorndike Street Corridor, Lord Overpass Reconstruction Announced posted on Oct 14

Lowell: Thorndike Street Corridor, Lord Overpass Reconstruction Announced

Governor Deval Patrick today joined MassDOT Secretary Richard Davey and local officials to announce the reconstruction of the Thorndike Street corridor in Lowell, including the Lord Overpass. The Governor also announced that the project’s design would be advanced through an expedited process that will result   …Continue Reading Lowell: Thorndike Street Corridor, Lord Overpass Reconstruction Announced