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October 18, 2010  |   Comments (1)   |   Post a comment

New technology captures illegal bus passing incidents


DALLAS — Affiliated Computer Services Inc. (ACS) has introduced ACS CrossSafe, technology that captures school bus stop arm violations.

ACS CrossSafe records high-quality footage of cars when they illegally pass stopped school buses. The video is watermarked with the time, date, GPS coordinates and other information needed for proving the violation.

ACS manages the entire reporting process from beginning to end at no cost to schools or taxpayers, including the review of violations captured by video, delivering the evidence to law enforcement for electronic issuance and, ultimately, processing and mailing the fines to the violator, according to the company.

“Current enforcement methods for bus stop light violations could be more effective,” said Dave Amoriell, executive vice president and group president of ACS’ Transportation Solutions Group. “Typically, the bus driver is the only witness to a bus stop violation. The driver’s role is then to quickly record the incident — including the violator’s license plate number — while keeping a close eye on the child waiting to cross the street. The ACS CrossSafe solution removes bus drivers from the enforcement process so they can remain focused on what matters most — students’ safety.”

As part of the program, school districts can receive rebates from the fines collected from the offenses, the company said.

ACS is a provider of public transportation technology services worldwide. The company enables its clients to address traffic safety and congestion challenges by deploying end-to-end solutions that advance the movement of goods, services and people. ACS’ Transportation Solutions Group provides support ranging from fare collection on various bus and rail routes to toll solutions on some of the busiest highways.

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This will have the same affect as the stop signals that have cameras and send out tickets. Unfortunately people pay more respect to the signals that do have the cameras and usually know which stop lights have them and which ones don’t. This technology needs to become standard equipment on every school bus and everyone must be informed about it through news and advertising to get the ball rolling. It won’t take long before everyone is respecting the school bus stop sign. Clay Boggess

Clay Boggess    |    Oct 21, 2010 05:12 AM

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