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Posted - 11/13/2018 :  08:49:27 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We thought you might be interested in this story about a petition that was submitted to the White House calling for tougher penalties on motorists who illegally pass stopped school buses.

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Posted - 08/18/2019 :  04:09:44 AM  Show Profile  Visit SteveCof00's Homepage  Send SteveCof00 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Looking back, while ultimately unsuccessful, the petition did generate a considerable response, as over 16,000 individuals signed it. Not to delve into politics, but some petitions are worded to attract a wider response than others (or less so); while I'm not entirely in agreement with the terms of the petition, most everyone knows the problem of illegal passing is something that needs to change.

Reading through the comments, a couple of them make great points. To a point, the issue can be mitigated by proper driver training and use of the stop arm; along with keeping students on the bus, giving drivers a proper chance to stop (or clear away from the bus) is important).

Outside of the bus, what needs to change the most? Education and accountability. The drivers who are impatient/entitled (those who pass a stopped bus to speed up) are the ones who need to be educated the most about this. Simply put, illegally passing a stopped bus risks hitting students, the bus, and other vehicles (yes, placing themselves at can happen ).

To hold passing drivers accountable, stop arm cameras are a device as important as the surveillance cameras on the bus; while some of us on the forum are good at knowing car types, how many can memorize a 7-8 digit license plate in a split second? Assuming the license plate matches the vehicle, a stop-arm camera provides an image that can be used by law enforcement (possibly waiting for the driver at home).
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