Ellie Whitesell has recorded several videos of motorists illegally passing buses as students unload at her daughter’s stop, and has sent them to the local school district, law enforcement officials and lawmakers.
Setting stop-arm fine amounts that drivers will take seriously is important. But if the penalties become too steep, do they become ineffective? For example, Iowa has seen more violations pleaded down or dismissed since increasing fines.
The South Carolina legislation would apply when a vehicle illegally passes a school bus and is recorded by a stop-arm camera, but the driver can’t be identified.
In Greensboro, North Carolina, a motorist turns himself in a week after allegedly driving up on the sidewalk next to a stopped school bus and hitting a student.
Austin Independent School District partners with American Traffic Solutions to install stop-arm cameras on its school buses. For the first 30 days, the district’s police department will issue warnings to motorists who illegally pass a school bus.
The New York Association for Pupil Transportation’s Dec. 16 survey found that 912 school bus drivers reported a total of 592 passing incidents, making the total estimated rate 32,456 illegal passes statewide, up from 30,735 passing incidents recorded in the Nov. 18 survey.
News stories that attracted the most traffic on Schoolbusfleet.com this year covered such topics as student tracking, school bus passing and a new stop-arm extender.
Four students were killed in school bus danger zone incidents in the 2014-15 school year, according to newly released data.
New legislation would clarify that police can issue citations by mail instead of having to deliver them in person, after Falls Church and Arlington County had stopped issuing citations in October.
Kanawha County Schools is testing an electric-powered extended stop arm that may become a more consistent upgrade to the current air-powered version it uses on 10 of its buses.
The bus was stopped to pick up a student when the driver of a Nissan Altima struck the back of the bus. The driver fled but was later caught by police.
Enforcement action around school bus stops last month seems to have resonated with drivers, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
The New York Association for Pupil Transportation’s Nov. 18 survey found that 1,020 bus drivers reported a total of 627 illegal passing incidents. When applied to over 50,000 school buses statewide, the total estimated illegal passing rate is 30,735 for that day.