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Police chief who passed school bus resigns
November 25, 2014
Fayette (Iowa) Police Chief Brad Gardner received a ticket for unlawful passing of a school bus on Nov. 4, was placed on leave, and resigned weeks later. It is not clear whether the ticket sparked the resignation or if there were other circumstances.
School bus crossing light approved in 5th state
November 21, 2014
Gardian Angel, which uses a white flood light to illuminate the path for students to cross the street, gets the OK for use on school buses in North Carolina.
School bus crossing light approved in 4th state
November 4, 2014
Gardian Angel, which uses a white flood light to illuminate the path for students to cross the street, gets the OK for use on school buses in Vermont.
#Brake4Buses safety campaign reaches national audience
October 30, 2014
A media campaign that started in North Carolina is helping to raise awareness of the dangers of stop-arm running.
10 killed in school bus danger zone last school year
October 29, 2014
The latest national survey of school bus loading and unloading fatalities finds that in the 2013-14 school year, six children were killed by passing vehicles, and four were fatally struck by their own bus.
New York association survey finds 385 illegal passes in 1 day
October 28, 2014
The New York Association for Pupil Transportation surveyed 1,080 school bus drivers from 18 school districts across the state on Oct. 21. The results suggest that more than 17,824 motorists passed stopped school buses statewide on that day.
North Carolina cracks down on stop-arm running
October 21, 2014
Troopers across the state are focusing on illegal passing of school buses and other school-related traffic violations this week as part of Operation Stop Arm.
Mom uses iPad to catch stop-arm runners
October 16, 2014
Tracey Honig takes video of an 18-wheeler illegally passing her daughter’s school bus one morning. The video, posted on Facebook, has gotten thousands of views.
American Traffic Solutions releases school zone safety report
September 3, 2014
How to Help Eliminate Dangers of Traveling to and from School (and Keep Kids Safe) presents the dangers children face getting to and from school, and details some of the successes schools and cities are having with new solutions to change driver behavior and enhance student safety, company officials said.
Maryland county launches stop-arm cameras on 20 buses
August 28, 2014
Prince George’s County Public Schools partnered with the county police department on the new stop-arm camera program, dubbed “Safe Cross.” The district’s head of security says that the bus drivers are “very excited about this program, because they obviously care very deeply for our students, and they don’t want them to be in harm’s way.”
Arkansas launches school bus safety campaign
August 20, 2014
The statewide effort aims to inform motorists of the importance of stopping for stopped school buses. Arkansas state pupil transportation director Mike Simmons and Kimberly Friedman of the state Department of Education have been making media appearances to promote the campaign, dubbed B.U.S.
Trucker charged for passing school bus, nearly striking girl
August 15, 2014
Allen H. Morris is being charged with two misdemeanors after passing a stopped school bus and almost hitting Alexis Schwartz, a sixth-grade student who was about to board the bus. The bus video shows how the truck nearly ran over Schwartz, who was not injured.
Stop-arm incident photo is worth 1,000 words
August 14, 2014

One interesting detail in the journey of a South Carolina stop-arm camera measure through the legislative process is the role that a photo played. Bill sponsor Sen. Thomas Alexander showed the shocking picture to other legislators to help galvanize support for the bill.

Pinpointing a Successful Stop-arm Camera Program
August 14, 2014

Districts that have deployed stop-arm cameras on school buses have seen success in citing violators, but they also focus on educating the public to help reduce the illegal-passing problem. Stop-arm camera system suppliers weigh in on ways to succeed in violation enforcement and prevention.

National stop-arm survey counts 76K violations
August 12, 2014
More than 97,000 school bus drivers participated in this year’s nationwide survey of illegal bus passing, which is spearheaded by NASDPTS. Association officials say that the one-day total of 75,966 stop-arm violations points to more than 13 million violations in a 180-day school year.
Georgia district, American Traffic Solutions combat illegal bus passing
August 7, 2014
City Schools of Decatur will deploy CrossingGuard, which is equipped with external cameras that capture an image of a violating vehicle's license plate and a video clip of the event. The schools, police department and supplier have also released a video public service announcement to help educate the community about the student safety initiative.
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.
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