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Operation S.A.F.E targets violators in Maple Valley area
The Washington State Patrol and Maple Valley Police will look for violators of school bus laws during a special enforcement emphasis on Monday, Feb. 24. Law enforcement will be pro-actively working two separate school bus routes during the morning and afternoon in conjunction with Operation S.A.F.E.
Operation S.A.F.E. (Speed, Aggressive Driving, Fail to Stop, and Enforcement) is a proactive and educational approach to keeping students safe when exiting and entering school buses while stopped. A one day survey last year in Washington State showed that there were over 1,500 violations involving school bus stops. Thirty two of those violations included vehicles passing on the right; where students exit and enter the bus.
The WSP Commercial Enforcement Bureau and Field Operations Bureau began this project in December 2013 after complaints about an excessive amount of violations along school bus routes in various cities throughout the Puget Sound area.
Monday’s event will concentrate on violators within the Tahoma School District, which encompasses most of the Maple Valley area located in Southeastern King County. A one day emphasis last week by WSP and Maple Valley PD had 25 violations that included speeding, cellular phone use and “paddle board” infractions.
Media interested in participating in this event should meet at Maple Valley Police Department headquarters, located at 22017 SE Wax Rd. in Maple Valley at 7:00 am for the morning emphasis and/or 2:00 pm for the afternoon emphasis.
For more information regarding Operation S.A.F.E. Student; contact Trooper Renee Padgett at 206-818-5869.