Jim Zeser of the Indiana State Police lobbies for road signs that alert drivers to stop for school buses.
The nationwide tour uses interactive activities to teach safe school bus riding basics to elementary school students and their parents.
About 104,000 school bus drivers participated in this year’s one-day count, coordinated by NASDPTS.
Motorists cited for passing a stopped school bus will now pay $500 instead of $300. Other crackdown efforts, such as making it harder to plea down a charge, have not passed the legislature.
Across the state, 51 roadside signs show a stop arm with the message "It's not JUST a stop sign, it's a child's life."
For stop-arm running cases in which the driver can’t be identified in camera footage, a new state law allows for civil penalties for the owner of the vehicle.
Our discussion this month covers stop-arm running, drug and alcohol testing, employee recruitment, and other topics with the Quality Bus Service owner and NYSBCA president.
Ashley McMaster of Nova Scotia, Canada, gets frustrated watching motorists illegally passing her daughter’s bus and posts videos of incidents, which catch attention from law enforcement.
Sessions at the Oregon Pupil Transportation Association event cover such compelling issues as missed bus stops, stop-arm running, and crashes with stationary objects. New school buses and a scenic river also catch attendees' attention.
Florida's governor approves the Cameron Mayhew Act, which imposes a $1,500 fine and a one-year license suspension for seriously injuring or killing a person while illegally passing a school bus.
The state Senate passes multiple bills that would crack down on illegal school bus passing by increasing fines and adding license suspension.
Kevin Harrison takes over the role as longtime director Derek Graham retires. Harrison oversees a multi-pronged approach to crossing safety, including pilots for extended stop arms and bumper-level strobe lights.
Stop-arm awareness efforts at the local level, combined with a national push, will go a long way in making sure that all motorists know what to do when they come to a stopped school bus.