Exeter Township (Penn.) School District equips 10 of its 40 school buses with the cameras, and has plans to add them to 20 more.
Ohio and West Virginia lawmakers introduce bills that would double fines for the violation and increase the amount of time a motorist’s license is suspended. The bills also include provisions on cameras.
Assembly Bill 934 and Senate Bill 371 would require school districts to install internal and external cameras on buses to capture images of vehicles that illegally drive past stopped school buses.
House Bill 849 would allow school districts to install stop-arm cameras, and let law enforcement use recordings and images to issue citations for bus passing incidents.
Senate Bill 25 reverses a provision in a law that apparently let motorists pass a stopped school bus if they were on the opposite side of a highway divided only by a turn lane.
Lawmakers in Nashville, Tennessee, and officials from Rockaway (N.J.) Township School District are working to install stop-arm cameras on school buses as a way to crack down on illegal school bus passing incidents.
The state Senate passes a bill to change a provision that apparently let motorists pass a stopped school bus if they are on the opposite side of a highway divided only by a turn lane.
The National Transportation Safety Board releases a preliminary report on a school bus crash in October that killed three students and injured one other.
Virginia Beach City Public Schools installs the cameras on 100 of its buses and is working with the city’s police department to determine whether to add them to more buses.
A lawmaker withdraws a bill that would have boosted the penalty for passing a stopped school bus from a misdemeanor to a felony. He will submit a new bill with tiered penalties for first, second, and third offenses.
Williamson County Schools teams up with six local law enforcement agencies to release a series of safety videos encouraging motorists to not pass stopped school buses.
Although tragic, the fatal Indiana crash may be instructive of hazards such as lack of visibility, while the industry continues to educate the public on the dangers of passing buses and distracted driving.
It is essential that the motorists who share the road with bus drivers stop for stopped school buses. However, it is encouraging to see how technology is evolving to help provide an even safer ride for all students.