Safety

New Guide Promotes School Bus Stop-Arm Camera Advocacy

Thomas McMahon
Posted on November 14, 2017
Safe Kids Worldwide developed a guide to help in pushing for laws that allow stop-arm cameras on school buses.
Safe Kids Worldwide developed a guide to help in pushing for laws that allow stop-arm cameras on school buses.

A new resource from Safe Kids Worldwide gives guidance on how to advocate for stop-arm cameras on school buses.

Safe Kids Worldwide is a nonprofit that works to protect kids from unintentional injuries, which is the No. 1 cause of death for children in the U.S.

The organization recently developed a resource called “Take Action Toolkit: How to Fix an Unsafe School Zone.” The effort stemmed from Safe Kids Worldwide’s own study on safety risks for student pedestrians in school zones.

One component of the new toolkit targets illegal passing of school buses while students are loading or unloading. Safe Kids Worldwide developed a guide to help in pushing for laws that allow stop-arm cameras on school buses to catch and deter illegal passing.

The guide includes a model letter to invite people to a town hall to discuss the issue. It also provides links to state laws on stop-arm cameras; an outline for drafting new legislation; and lists of potential allies and other resources.

Safe Kids Worldwide’s stop-arm camera advocacy guide is available here.

Related Topics: stop-arm running/illegal passing, video surveillance

Thomas McMahon Executive Editor
Comments ( 2 )
  • James C. Walker

     | about 3 days ago

    Proponents of stop arm cameras will never give you the real statistics, because the goal for the cameras is money - not safety. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration from 1999 through 2015 shows that 70% of the under-age-19 pedestrians killed in School Transportation Related Crashes are killed by the BUSES, not by passing cars. Only 30 % are killed by passing cars with an average of 36 killed that way per 10 years, less than one per state per 10 years. The cameras are a money grab racket, not a safety program. James C. Walker, National Motorists Association

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