POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- Heather McCaffrey of the Arlington Central School District received the 15th annual Dutchess County School Bus Driver of the Year Award Tuesday.
"Every day, parents put their children on school buses and trust the bus driver to get their children to school and back home safely," said County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro. "Bus drivers bear a tremendous responsibility, and this award is a way for our community to thank these dedicated drivers for their commitment to our children’s safety. We congratulate Mrs. McCaffrey on her impressive safety record and thank her for her continued dedication to children.”
McCaffrey was honored for her exemplary service and safety record at Arlington High School on Tuesday, April 19, during a kickoff press conference for Operation Safe Stop. She has been employed by the Arlington Central School District for 29 years.
“Mrs. McCaffrey is a model driver. She understands and embraces what it is to be a school bus driver – not just what it takes to drive a school bus," said Dutchess County Traffic Safety Board Administrator William C. Johnson. "She has achieved an exceptional safety record over 29-plus years driving buses filled with students. Mrs. McCaffrey’s contributions to the Arlington district go way beyond her ability and passion to safely transport children. She is respected by supervisory staff and her peers, as well as the students and parents she has touched over the years.”
The Dutchess County Traffic Safety Board issue the award as part of their efforts to promote school bus safety. It is given in conjunction with the annual Operation Safe Stop Project launch.
Operation Safe Stop Education Enforcement Day takes place Thursday, April 21. State, county and local law enforcement agencies will shadow school buses to identify and ticket drivers who do not obey a stopped bus' flashing red lights throughout the day.
“There’s nothing more important than the safety of our children, and countless school bus drivers throughout Dutchess County take that responsibility seriously each day," said Molinaro. "Today, we honor the drivers who safely drive our children to and from school, thanking them for protecting their precious cargo from harm each day. We also remind all drivers to please stop when a school bus’s red lights are flashing, an extra moment that can save a child’s life.”
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