Safety

Kentucky Lawmaker Seeks to Require Stop-Arm Cameras on School Buses

Sadiah Thompson
Posted on August 15, 2019

House Rep. Robert Goforth is pushing for legislation that would require school districts to purchase and install stop-arm cameras on school buses by Aug. 1, 2023. Photo courtesy Michael Dallessandro
House Rep. Robert Goforth is pushing for legislation that would require school districts to purchase and install stop-arm cameras on school buses by Aug. 1, 2023. Photo courtesy Michael Dallessandro
FRANKFORT, Ky. — A lawmaker here has pre-filed legislation that would require the use of stop-arm cameras to catch motorists who illegally pass stopped school buses.

Bill Request 136, sponsored by House Rep. Robert Goforth, would require school districts to install and maintain stop-arm cameras on their daily route school buses, and allow districts to partner with a third-party designee, such as a stop-arm camera supplier, to process and issue citations to offending motorists.

The bill states that stop-arm violators would be subject to fines of up to $200 for the first offense and up to $500 for each subsequent offense occurring within a three-year period. Approximately 80% of the fine revenue, according to the bill, would be given to school districts to help pay for the cost of installing and operating the cameras, while the remaining funds would be distributed between the Kentucky Department of Education and the corresponding law enforcement agency that issued the citation.

Goforth told WSAZ that he introduced the legislation to help combat Kentucky's ongoing issue of illegal school bus passing. He added that the state has had some of the “worst possible tragedies imaginable” on school buses, and that “out of those awful occurrences we’ve learned that we must be proactive in ensuring pupil transportation safety so that we do all in our power to protect precious lives.”

If the legislation is passed, school districts would have to install stop-arm cameras on their buses by Aug. 1, 2023.

Related Topics: Kentucky, legal issues, stop-arm running/illegal passing

Sadiah Thompson Assistant Editor
Comments ( 1 )
  • Terri Lykins

     | about 3 months ago

    Bad idea. With most of the revenue going to the school districts, drivers will feel pressured to meet quotas for citations to keep the money flowing. As a bus driver, it would be quite easy to entrap drivers and have them cited. The bus driver simply stops quickly and activates the stop arm before traffic has a fair chance to even react and, there you go, some poor motorist gets a ticket without due process.

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