PHOENIX — Redflex Traffic Systems has introduced a product to the school bus market, REDFLEX Student Guardian, that captures images and video of motorists who pass stopped school buses as children are boarding and disembarking.
"The threat of injury or death is very real for the 26 million students nationwide who rely on school bus transportation," said Karen Finley, president and CEO of Redflex. "Student Guardian will serve as a constant reminder for drivers to stop behind every school bus and make sure those students are safe. I cannot think of a better use for our technologies than student safety."
Two cities in Connecticut are participating in pilot programs utilizing Student Guardian. Officials said the pilot programs will provide guidance to cities and school districts on which routes are the most dangerous in their communities.
"In today's world, we have embraced technology in almost every aspect of our lives, and I am pleased that we will pilot this high-tech program pertaining to bus safety," said Dr. Joseph Erardi Jr., superintendent of schools for Southington (Conn.) Public Schools.
Student Guardian’s camera system is installed on the front and rear driver's side of a school bus. It monitors traffic while the bus' stop arm is displayed, leaving the bus driver free to focus on students. Data supporting possible violations, including high-definition video and high-resolution images of license plates and drivers, is submitted to local law enforcement to determine whether a citation is warranted.
Student Guardian can be operated at no cost to taxpayers, and there is no upfront capital investment for cities and districts — the program is fully funded by violations, officials said.