Published on August 8th, 2022 | by Oxford Police Department

Oxford Police Department Steps Up Effort to Force Traffic to Stop for School Buses

The Oxford Police Department wants to remind motorists as students head back to the classroom to stop for school buses or face the consequences.  

Officers will be out looking for drivers who disregard the red flashing stop sign on stopped school buses in both marked and unmarked vehicles.  

“The safety of children getting on and off school buses is a top priority for OPD,” said Chief Jeff  McCutchen. “Help us keep our children out of harm’s way by slowing down, paying attention, and  avoiding distractions.”  

Drivers should slow down and prepare to stop when the overhead lights on a school bus are flashing  yellow. Once the lights turn red and the stop arm extends, drivers are required to stop on all roads with one exception. On highways divided by a physical barrier, such as a concrete wall or a grassy median, only vehicles traveling in the same direction as the school bus are required to stop.  

During the 2021-2022 school year, the Oxford Police Department issued 22 citations for passing a stopped school bus. Drivers could face up to a $750 fine for a first offense.

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The Oxford Police Department is housed 715 Molly Barr Road. The department has more than 70 full-time officers and staff and provides a wide range of protection and enforcement services. The Police Department has a community-oriented policing philosophy and provides around-the-clock patrols. Other services include crime prevention programs, such as Neighborhood Watch and D.A.R.E., as well as specialized units including Mounted Patrol, K-9 Unit, DUI Enforcement and the City Dispatch. Crime Reports provided to The Local Voice come directly from the Oxford Police Department.

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