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85K stop-arm violations in national count
August 13, 2013
This year’s survey conducted by the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services finds 85,279 violations in a single day, which is down from last year’s count of 88,025. More than half (57.5%) of the vehicles passed the buses from the front, while 42.5% of those counted passed the buses from the rear.
Arkansas launches school bus safety campaign
August 12, 2013
The three-week effort led by the state Department of Education will be used as an opportunity to remind motorists to obey all traffic laws whenever they are near a school bus. The effort will also seek to remind drivers that it is illegal to pass a stopped school bus when its red lights are flashing and students are loading or unloading.
Georgia district cracks down on stop-arm running
August 7, 2013
Marietta City Schools has partnered with American Traffic Solutions to outfit 10 more of its buses with the CrossingGuard school bus arm safety solution, bringing the total number of buses to 12. When the bus’ stop arm is deployed, the system’s camera automatically detects a vehicle illegally passing the stop arm in either direction and captures video of the violation and still images of a vehicle’s license plate.
South Carolina stop-arm campaign gains momentum
July 29, 2013
During last week’s South Carolina Association for Pupil Transportation annual conference and trade show, attendees hear from Sen. Thomas Alexander, who urges them to contact local legislators in support of a bill that would increase the penalties for stop-arm violators. Anderson School District Five's David Poag also reveals that he is incorporating the Steffi Crossing Enhancer as part of the educational component of his S.A.V.E. (Stop-Arm Violation Education campaign).
North Carolina approves stiffer penalties for bus passers
July 24, 2013
Gov. Pat McCrory signs into law a bill that stipulates that the fines for bus-passing violators would range from $500 to $2,500, depending on whether the motorist is guilty of a misdemeanor or a felony. The bill — known as The Hasani N. Wesley Students' School Bus Safety Act — also includes provisions regarding license revocation.
88 stop-arm runners cited in camera program
July 11, 2013
During the 2012-13 school year, police in New Britain, Conn., issued 88 illegal-passing citations as part of an enforcement program using the Redflex Student Guardian system. Four local school buses are equipped with the camera system.
REI's Chris Shigley on company growth, market trends
June 27, 2013

As Radio Engineering Industries celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2013, the company’s national sales manager says customers’ needs have played a key role in its development from a radio sales and repair store to a manufacturer and distributor of transportation products. One product he sees in great demand in the industry today is cameras, both for internal surveillance of a school bus and to capture stop-arm violators.

New Jersey stop-arm camera bill clears committee
June 19, 2013
The measure would allow video surveillance systems on school buses to catch illegal passers in the act. Violators would also face increased fines, ranging from $300 to $500.
Wyoming lawmakers consider tougher bus-passing penalties
June 6, 2013
The state Legislature’s Joint Education Committee is reportedly interested in raising the penalties for bus-passing violations and making it a stepped offense so that penalties are increased for multiple offenses. The legislators also are considering installing external cameras on all daily route buses to help in catching and citing offenders.
REI introduces stop-arm violation and reporting software
May 30, 2013
The company’s A.R.M.O.R.-StopArm solution captures a clear image of the offender’s license plate, vehicle information, violation location and date/time, and officials say a report can be easily created and customized to send to law enforcement.
Campaign aims to curb stop-arm violations in South Carolina
May 29, 2013
David Poag of Anderson School District Five tells SBF about the goals of the S.A.V.E. (Stop-Arm Violation Education Enforcement) campaign, which include making school bus stops in the state safer and creating awareness among the public and state legislators about the dangers of stop-arm violations. Sen. Thomas Alexander introduces legislation supporting one of the campaign's goals, telling SBF, “It’s hard for me to imagine how someone would pass the arm of a stopped school bus.”
Stop-arm pilot catches nearly 50 violations in 2 months
May 24, 2013
For the pilot program, American Traffic Solutions provided Mansfield (Texas) Independent School District with its CrossingGuard school bus stop-arm camera solution to help monitor the extent of the problem.
Child Safety Network offers Safe Bus program
May 1, 2013
In partnership with the School Bus Safety Co., the Child Safety Network initiative aims to reduce school bus accidents — with an added benefit of generating revenue for districts. The free Safe Bus program, which receives funds from corporate sponsorships, includes a comprehensive training curriculum, school bus safety PSAs, and a GPS and parental notification system.
47-year school bus driver honored in New York
April 23, 2013
Pat Beesmer, a driver for Ethan Allen Transportation, is named School Bus Driver of the Year in Ulster County. A mother of three kids who have been passengers on Beesmer's bus says that she is "very tuned in to every child's needs — those who occasionally get bus sick, and those who miss Mom or Dad on their first day of school."
Bill aimed at protecting students on private roads approved
April 15, 2013
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signs into law House Bill 2170, which amends the current law to state that school bus drivers must engage their bus’ stop arm and flashing lights while students are boarding or disembarking on a private road or driveway. Officials say the bill will take effect 90 days after the current legislative session ends.
North Carolina bill would increase bus-passing fines
April 8, 2013
Under the North Carolina School Bus Safety Act, the fines for such a violation range from a minimum of $500 to $5,000 depending on whether the motorist is convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony offense. The act also includes provisions for driver’s license revocation.
Wyoming students push for bus safety law changes
March 25, 2013
Following the death of a student in an illegal bus-passing accident, her classmates create proposals for legislators, including increasing bus-passing fines. The students speak to members of the state’s education committee about the proposals during a recent legislative session.
Driver who hit boy while passing bus avoids jail
March 7, 2013
A judge in Pennsylvania declines a prosecutor's suggestion that jail time "might be appropriate," sentencing the 62-year-old woman instead to community service and probation. The 5-year-old boy's skull was fractured when he was clipped by the woman's car as she illegally passed his bus.
Florida bill would permit photo enforcement of bus passing
March 5, 2013
The legislation would enable school boards to authorize that cameras be installed on school buses to capture motorists who illegally pass the buses, and then use that as evidence for law enforcement to issue citations. Violators would be issued a $250 fine.
North Carolina bill would revoke bus passers' licenses
February 26, 2013
Under Senate Bill 16, the license revocation periods range from 30 days to two years depending on whether the motorist is convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony offense. On Tuesday, the bill passes a third reading in the Senate.

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