Safety

District pushes for increased traffic control near buses

Posted on June 29, 2010

DALLAS — Dallas County Schools’ superintendent and the president of the district’s board of education have asked the city council’s public safety committee to pass an ordinance for school bus crossing zones and to permit video monitoring on buses.

School district officials believe that students who ride buses are put at risk by motorists who disregard crossing zones and buses with their stop arms deployed, The Dallas Morning News reports.

Under the proposed ordinance, a zone would be created around buses that drivers could not cross while the buses’ stop arms are extended.

Cameras on the bus would feed video of the crossing zones to district employees, who would alert the city’s police to apparent violations. Other cameras would monitor students inside the bus.

Although council members generally approved of the plan, The Dallas Morning News reports that some had questions and concerns and that the council will not take up the issue before its July break.

Related Topics: stop-arm running/illegal passing

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