National Association of

State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services

National Stop Arm Violation Count

While school buses remain incredibly safe, students who ride in buses are most vulnerable when they are outside the bus in the "danger zone." In 2010, NASDPTS passed a resolution initiating the first national survey to determine the prevalence of illegal passing of school buses. Using that data as a starting point, NASDPTS encourages improved safety countermeasures at the state or national level.  HERE is the NASDPTS Resolution directing the effort.

2018 Survey Instructions

Annually, NASDPTS requests that each state choose a single day on which to have school bus operators (public and contracted) observe and report any instances of motorists illegally passing their school buses. It is recommended that the survey be conducted on a state-designated, representative school day from March 1 to May 31. State directors are encouraged to enlist assistance from their state associations as needed.

2018 Survey Methodology and Instructions

Public Awareness and Training

The following video, captured from an on-board school bus camera in West Virginia, shows the seriousness of stop arm violations. Fortunately this one is categorized as a "near miss" rather than a fatality.

Near Miss Video

The following video was developed by WNCN in Raleigh, North Carolina, as a public service, in conjunction with the NC Department of Public Instruction:

#Brake4Buses Public Service Announcement (YouTube) 

The following video, made by students from Mountain Home High School in Arkansas, illustrates the potentially tragic consequences of not stopping for the bus:

STOP for School Bus Stop Signs (YouTube) play


The most current year's results of the annual Stop Arm Violation Counts are found HERE. For previous years, please contact NASDPTS' Executive Director, information below.

State Laws Regarding Passing Stopped School Buses

NASDPTS Survey - Stop Arm Laws, Penalties and Video Evidence pdf

2017 Survey Results

Stop Law Narrative 
Compiled by School Training Solutions, 2012

For Additional Information Contact:

Charlie Hood email
Executive Director, NASDPTS
(850) 274-4308

Our Mission and Purpose

The National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services was established in 1968. The membership represents all 50 states. The purpose of the association is to provide leadership, assistance and motivation to the Nation's school transportation community with the goal of providing safe, secure, efficient, economical, and high-quality transportation to school children on their trips to and from school and school-related activities.

NASDPTS membership is comprised of state and national leaders in school bus transportation, local school transportation administrators, suppliers of products and services, as well as grassroots practitioners. The membership represents all 50 states, the District of Columbia, school bus manufacturers and suppliers, state and national transportation associations, and others who support our mission and purpose.

This corporation is organized as a non-profit corporation exclusively for charitable, educational, scientific, promotional, literary, and safety awareness, within the meaning of Section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code, which are related to the support, promotion, and common interest of education and pupil transportation programs.


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