Safety

88 stop-arm runners cited in camera program

Posted on July 11, 2013

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. — Police here cited 88 school bus stop-arm runners last school year as part of an enforcement program using stop-arm cameras.

Four school buses in New Britain are equipped with the Redflex Student Guardian camera system, which automatically detects drivers who illegally pass stopped school buses.

The New Britain Police Department recently released the preliminary data for 2012-13 from the enforcement program, which was launched in 2011 as a partnership between the department and the local school district.

“This year alone we cited 88 motorists for driving around the school bus as children were entering and exiting,” said Philip Caseria, a New Britain police officer. “There is no room for reckless and impatient driving around our school buses. Anything we can do to make drivers act more cautiously is a positive public safety benefit for our community.”

The Student Guardian system is installed on the front and rear driver’s side of a school bus. It monitors traffic while the bus’ stop arm and amber lights are displayed. Evidence of potential violations, including video and photos, is submitted to local law enforcement to determine whether a citation is warranted.

New Britain has an agreement with Redflex to operate Student Guardian without any upfront costs to the district, city or state. The program is fully funded by violations. The fine for illegally passing a stopped school bus in New Britain is $465.


Other recent news on stop-arm safety efforts:

Campaign aims to curb stop-arm violations in South Carolina

Related Topics: Connecticut, danger zone, law enforcement, stop-arm running/illegal passing, video surveillance

Comments ( 0 )
More Stories
News

Mother Gets Probation for Assaulting School Bus Driver

Kiesha Shannon of Ohio pleads guilty to attacking her daughter’s bus driver and is sentenced to three years of probation. The judge says he had limited sentencing options, which is why he didn’t give her jail time.

Product

Portable Child Restraint

HSM Transportation Solutions’ C.E. White Portable Child Restraint for school buses, a five-point restraint system, is designed to accommodate children weighing 20 to 90 pounds and up to 57 inches in height.

Product

2-Camera System

The DS2 is a two-camera vehicle event recording system that combines high-definition video recording, fleet telematics, and vehicle operating data on one screen for better incident review and driver coaching.

As Maryland’s new state director of pupil transportation, Gabriel Rose (seen here) replaces Leon Langley, who stepped down from the position in July.
News

New State Director Named in Maryland

Gabriel Rose, who previously served as a security specialist for Talbot County (Md.) Public Schools, replaces Leon Langley as state director.

According to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, drivers who miss one to two hours of the recommended seven hours of sleep nearly double their risk for a crash.
Article

Don't Skimp on Safety Sleep

According to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, drivers who miss one to two hours of the recommended seven hours of sleep nearly double their risk for a crash.

Be the First to Know

Get the latest news and most popular articles from SBF delivered straight to your inbox. Stay on top of the school bus industry and don't miss a thing!