GREENSBORO, N.C. - The North Carolina State Highway Patrol will be aggressively enforcing stop arm violations and other traffic violations in and around school zones.

It's part of a week-long campaign called "Operation Stop Arm."

The campaign promotes traffic safety around North Carolina schools, school buses, and school bus stops.

Troopers will be following school buses in marked and unmarked patrol vehicles to make sure drivers comply with stopping for school buses as they pick up and release students.

According to state law, motorists are required to stop when a school bus is displaying its mechanical stop signal or flashing red lights.

Drivers should expect to see an increase in school traffic and familiarize themselves with local school bus stop locations.

Drivers should also expect an increase in pedestrian traffic in and around school zones.

Troopers also encouraging students to make sure all traffic has stopped before entering the roadway when boarding or exiting a school bus.

Troopers say the mission of the campaign is to educate the motoring public on safe driving behaviors before, during, and after school.

The campaign starts Monday at 6 a.m. and runs through Friday.