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Student fatally struck while trying to board bus
December 17, 2014
A 16-year-old girl in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, was crossing an intersection in an attempt to board her school bus when she was struck by a car that allegedly ran the bus’ stop arm, police say. She was taken to the hospital and later pronounced dead.
School bus crossing light allowed in Colorado
December 16, 2014
Colorado becomes the seventh state to allow Gardian Angel, which uses a white flood light to illuminate the path for students to cross the street.
School bus crossing light allowed in Nevada
December 5, 2014
Nevada becomes the sixth state to allow Gardian Angel, which uses a white flood light to illuminate the path for students to cross the street.
Maryland county urges higher stop-arm running fines
December 4, 2014
Under state law, the maximum penalty allowed is $250 per offense, but Maryland’s district court set the fine at $125 as an incentive for violators to pay it instead of challenging the ticket. County officials will ask the Maryland General Assembly to increase the maximum fine to $500, in an attempt to move the actual fine to $250.
Task force backs stop-arm cameras on North Carolina buses
December 3, 2014
The state attorney general wants to equip all public school buses in North Carolina with cameras to catch stop-arm violators, and his goal is gaining support.
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 allowed in 5th state
November 21, 2014
Gardian Angel, which uses a white flood light to illuminate the path for students to cross the street, is allowed for use on school buses in North Carolina.
School bus crossing light allowed in 4th state
November 4, 2014
Gardian Angel, which uses a white flood light to illuminate the path for students to cross the street, is allowed 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.
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