Safety

New York bus tests license plate reader

Posted on June 1, 2008

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — In an effort to combat the widespread problem of illegal passing of school buses, a Syracuse City School District bus has been equipped with a mobile license plate reader.

Officials said that the reader, which is similar to what many police departments use, could prove effective in identifying and apprehending motorists who pass school buses that are loading or unloading children.

The New York Association for Pupil Transportation (NYAPT) announced the demonstration project in conjunction with April’s Operation Safe Stop, an annual effort to publicize and track the incidence of illegal passing. Past tallies have shown that motorists pass stopped school buses more than 50,000 times each day in New York state.

The Remington ELSAG mobile license plate reader is being subsidized by a grant from the New York Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

“This new camera will be an important tool in assuring parents in our district and other districts that their children are safer than ever riding yellow school buses,” said Daniel Lowengard, superintendent of Syracuse City School District. “We are hopeful that this will be a great success and can be replicated around the state.”

NYAPT is managing the demonstration project, which includes an assessment of the reader’s effectiveness, issuance of tickets to violators and public education efforts. Additionally, school bus drivers are being trained in capturing information that increases the likelihood of convictions of illegal passers.

 

Related Topics: stop-arm running/illegal passing

Comments ( 0 )
More Stories
Product

Driver Message Sign

The Driver Alert Message Sign is designed to help reduce illegal passing of school buses by improving direct line of sight visibility for oncoming drivers.

News

School Bus Driver Suspended After Bathroom Break to Keep Job

A New Jersey superintendent’s call to fire Gaye Kish for using her phone, having a friend board her bus, and taking a bathroom break during her route is rejected by the board of education. Kish cites a medical condition as the reason for taking the break.

Product

Convertible Seating Solution

Blue Bird Corp. and HSM’s convertible NextGen seat allows the customer to change the seat back frame to have three-point belts or child restraints without having to purchase new seats.

A <I>PBS NewsHour</i> piece looks at the safety benefits and financial concerns involved in the issue of seat belts on school buses.
News

PBS Probes School Bus Seat Belt Debate

The PBS NewsHour piece looks at safety benefits and financial concerns involved in the issue. Interviews include transportation directors and NHTSA’s former administrator.

Be the First to Know

Get the latest news and most popular articles from SBF delivered straight to your inbox. Stay on top of the school bus industry and don't miss a thing!