Safety

5 N.C. districts test cameras to catch stop-arm violators

Posted on October 6, 2011

With an eye on reducing the dangerous problem of illegal passing of school buses, five districts in North Carolina are testing cameras to catch violators in the act.

The pilot program is using a surveillance system that positions three cameras on the outside of the bus. The goal is to cut down on the more than 2,000 illegal passing incidents that school buses in the state experience daily.

When a vehicle passes a bus that has its stop arm activated, the system captures images of the vehicle, its license plate and the driver.

North Carolina state director Derek Graham told SBF that the endeavor is being funded by the Governor’s Highway Safety Program and was prompted by legislation passed in 2009 to allow camera and video evidence to be used to prosecute stop-arm violations — and to stiffen penalties for the violations.

The state contracted with Fortress Mobile in Charlotte to provide the surveillance systems for seven school buses in the Carteret, Wake, Iredell, Rowan and Stokes districts.

At the Carteret County Public School System, the cameras have been installed on one bus that will rotate among various routes in the county.

Carteret Transportation Director Lloyd Willis told The Daily News that while the cameras’ images can be used in court, the ultimate goal is to prevent the illegal passing.

“We hope the program will increase the safety of school bus transportation by increasing awareness,” Graham added. “This is a preventative measure, and we hope to see positive results.”

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

Comments ( 3 )
  • Maria

     | about 7 years ago

    My husband and I dropped my kids off at the back of their school one morning and I was in back of a school bus their was no children getting off the bus. The bus driver was talking to a teacher and the stop sign was not out! I proceeded to pass the bus and an hour later the police shows up to my home! What did I do so wrong!

  • See all comments
More Stories
Zonar's MyView app is designed to give parents and caregivers details and real-time location information for their children’s school buses. Photo courtesy Zonar
News

Zonar Releases School Bus Tracking App for Parents

MyView is designed to provide parents and caregivers details and real-time location information for their children’s school buses. The app’s dispatcher portal can also help school districts manage general school bus communications.

NASDPTS's new position paper details the reasons for the association’s support for three-point seat belts, common objections raised to adding them to school buses, and offers guidance on making the decision to require them in new buses. File photo courtesy Des Moines (Iowa) Public Schools
News

NASDPTS Releases New Position Paper on 3-Point Belts

The paper details the reasons for the association’s support for seat belts, common objections to adding them to school buses, and guidance on making the decision to require lap-shoulder belts in new buses.

Willow Creek (Mont.) School District J1517 has reopened, with safety precautions, and is offering bus service. Shown here is bus driver Chrystal Duvall, holding a pool noodle, which school staff use to demonstrate 6 feet for social distancing. Photo courtesy Willow Creek School District J1517
News

Montana School Reopens With Bus Service

Willow Creek School District J1517 opens its doors and offers bus service following the governor’s announcement that schools would be allowed to reopen and most parents saying they would like in-person learning to resume.

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!

We respect your data and privacy.
By clicking the submit button below, you are agreeing with Bobit Business Media’s Privacy Policy and this outlined level of consent.