The 18-year-old Ohio motorist admits to hitting the students, and fleeing the scene. She faces several charges, including failing to stop after an accident and passing a stopped school bus, police say.
The new law ushers in harsher penalties for motorists who run a stop arm, establishes bus safety practice requirements, and allows reimbursement for stop-arm camera equipment.
More than 50 NSTA members are participating in over 120 individual meetings in congressional offices to address industry issues such as illegal school bus passing.
School districts can install the cameras to record evidence of motorists illegally passing buses. Violators are charged a $100 fine and a $100 assessment, part of which goes into a fund to help districts purchase the cameras.
Loading and unloading procedures and communication were some of the topics covered at the California Association of School Transportation Officials' annual conference in Anaheim.
U.S. Reps. Jackie Walorski and Julia Brownley’s Stop for School Buses Act would direct the U.S. DOT to review existing laws and programs in all 50 states, recommend best practices, and create a nationwide public safety campaign.
Governors sign legislation that double fines for illegally passing a stopped school bus.
The team of North Carolina students earn over $100,000 in technology for their school after developing a flashing sign to alert students, drivers, and motorists when a school bus is approaching the bus stop.
A slew of bills are currently being proposed in multiple states to address school bus safety. Most involve toughening penalties on stop-arm running and allowing or even requiring stop-arm cameras on buses.
House Bill 111 would allow school districts and charter schools to install stop-arm camera systems. The legislation would also let districts use fine revenue to pay for installing and operating the cameras.
Several system suppliers offer solutions that not only capture images of violations but also make compiling and submitting evidence quicker and easier. Some also offer revenue sharing for greater affordability.
The South Bend Community School Corp. will install 192 stop-arm cameras on its buses.
Indiana lawmakers cut a provision to let schools buy stop-arm cameras with a share of the fines from illegal passers and change a provision that would have made a license suspension mandatory.