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Stop-arm cameras violate surveillance ban, critics say
July 22, 2014
Those opposed to the newly-installed cameras on Iowa City (Iowa) Community School District school buses say they violate the city’s traffic camera ban, and systems like this are designed to create revenue, not improve safety. Iowa City Attorney Eleanor Dilkes disagrees, saying that the law bans traffic cameras only for “qualified traffic violations” and stop-arm violations are not included.
Stop-arm cameras reducing passing violations, study shows
July 1, 2014
According to a new analysis of American Traffic Solutions’ CrossingGuard School Bus Safety Camera programs in operation, the number of violations on bus routes where a significant stop-arm running problem is identified falls by more than 15% during the school year. The analysis also finds that less than 1% of drivers who receive one ticket get a second citation.
Woodstock ups stop-arm warranty to 4 years, expands product line
June 30, 2014
For its school bus stop arms, Woodstock Safety Mirror Co. now provides a full, four-year warranty from the date of delivery. In addition to its left-side front and rear stop arms, the company now offers a right-side, infrared camera with a monitor on the dashboard to enhance the driver’s view of the danger zone.
Bus driver credibility weakens bus-passing fatality case
June 26, 2014
New evidence, which forced an earlier mistrial in a case about a car driver allegedly passing a stopped school bus, striking and killing Hasani Wesley, 11, led to a prosecution plea deal. At issue was whether the bus was stopped, with red lights flashing and stop arm out, when Wesley was hit, but the bus driver’s record and her supervisor conducting an improper investigation significantly weakened the case against the car driver.
South Carolina stop-arm camera bill signed
June 11, 2014
Gov. Nikki Haley approves legislation that allows South Carolina school buses to be equipped with digital video recording devices to document vehicles passing illegally. Stop-arm safety advocate David Poag says that "the use of video surveillance in enforcement efforts will ultimately make motorists think twice before passing a stopped school bus."
Georgia district sees 42% drop in stop-arm violations
May 19, 2014
In two years, illegal passing of Marietta City Schools buses decreased from 192 reported incidents in a day to 112. Since the district equipped 12 of its buses with stop-arm cameras last year, police have issued 830 citations.
Congressman pushes school bus safety 'overhaul' bill
May 14, 2014
U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) introduces legislation in the House of Representatives that would set minimum penalties nationwide for stop-arm running. The bill would also mandate that all states require background checks for school bus drivers, and it would create a school bus seat belt demonstration program, among other measures.
Associations support bus safety campaign, legislation
May 14, 2014
The New York School Bus Contractors Association joins the New York Association for Pupil Transportation in supporting Operation Safe Stop, which promotes school bus safety education and enforcement in New York state. The contractors association uses the occasion to support a New York senator’s bill that calls for increased illegal bus-passing penalties.
Stop-arm camera program cites nearly 300 in 3 months
April 29, 2014
The enforcement program, which currently has cameras on 25 Montgomery County Public Schools buses, launched in January and is set to expand. Of the 272 citations that were issued to motorists illegally passing school buses during the first three months of operation, 128 have been paid.
Stop-arm awareness campaign launched in Ontario
April 15, 2014
After a student was within “inches of being hit” by a motorist passing one of her company’s school buses last fall, Kathleen Both, owner of M.L. Bradley Ltd., took action, working with the city of Ottawa and industry organizations to launch the “I Stop, You Stop” campaign. Road safety signs have been posted throughout the city, and a stop-arm camera pilot program is underway at her operation.
Bus driver honored as state conducts illegal-passing sweep
April 8, 2014
Charles Albertson, a bus driver for New York's Wappingers Central School District, was named the Dutchess County Traffic Safety Board and Mid Hudson Transportation Supervisors’ Association's School Bus Driver of the Year last week. Meanwhile, the state conducted its annual Operation Safe Stop initiative, bringing together school bus operations and law enforcement agencies to ticket drivers who illegally pass school buses.
District launches security, transit management system
April 3, 2014
Dallas County Schools begins using Force Multiplier Solutions’ BusGuard. The security and transit management system includes real-time video and audio, GPS, a thumbprint scanner, and multiple interior cameras and stop-arm cameras.
Bill to increase bus-passing penalties approved by New York Senate
April 3, 2014
Senate Bill S.1878 would amend current law by adding a 60-day driver’s license suspension when an individual is convicted two or more times of passing a stopped school bus within a period of 10 years. In late March, the bill was sent to the New York State Assembly’s transportation committee for consideration.
Council to review easing bus safety light limits
April 1, 2014
The Calgary City Council wants to expand the areas where school buses can activate flashing safety lights or stop signs to halt traffic while children are unloading or boarding, since current bylaws only allow buses to use safety lights in some areas in the city. The issue was raised last month when a 7-year-old boy was struck by a car after unloading from a school bus.
Seon, RedSpeed partner on stop-arm violation solution
March 27, 2014
When the video cameras from Seon detect a stop-arm violation, evidence will be uploaded to a central server for review by RedSpeed. If verified, RedSpeed will forward an evidence package to law enforcement personnel for review, then print and mail a ticket to the registered driver.
8-year-old hit by teen driver passing bus
March 27, 2014
A Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., girl is seriously injured when a 17-year-old driving a pickup truck illegally passes her stopped school bus and strikes her. The girl is taken to the hospital, but a local news source reports that her condition is improving.
Bill would allow stop-arm cameras on Alabama buses
March 24, 2014
Under the legislation, local school boards would be permitted to authorize the use of the technology to capture motorists who illegally pass buses. The fine for a stop-arm violation under the legislation would be a maximum of $300 for the first offense, $750 for a second offense and $1,000 for each subsequent offense in a five-year period.
Man illegally passes 4 school buses, sideswipes 3 cars
March 13, 2014
An employee at a Rhode Island school writes down Michael J. Lewis' license plate number and calls the police, who charge Lewis with driving with a suspended license and leaving the scene of an accident, and cite him for passing four occupied school buses.
Update: Wyoming gov. signs bill to require stop-arm cameras
March 13, 2014
Under the new law, as of the 2016-17 school year, all school buses in the state will have to be equipped with external cameras to capture evidence of illegal passing. Up to $5 million will be appropriated to reimburse school districts for 100% of the costs of the video surveillance systems.
Mother bringing child to bus passes illegally, gets citation
March 6, 2014
The Ohio mother passes the bus while it is stopped, with its lights flashing and stop sign activated, to pick up another child for school, and police cite the woman. The bus driver says that she had stopped at the child's home, but the child was not ready, so she continued on her route.
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