School Bus Fleet

August 2014

A management & maintenance magazine for school transportation fleets

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T he issue of drivers illegally passing school buses as children load and unload continues to present itself as school bus operators work to ensure child safety. Despite the fact that motorists are required to stop when a bus's stop arm is deployed, many drivers still pass, resulting in children continuing to be endangered. A viable solution to help with this problem came with the addition of stop-arm cameras to monitor and capture driver violations. Following the captured footage of stop-arm violators, depending on the state or county's laws, law enforcement would ticket the violators in the same way red light viola- tors are ticketed after a camera records them. Since the intro- duction of stop-arm cameras, companies industrywide have monitored results, checking to fnd what kinds of stop-arm camera programs have worked for customers, and why. Targeting violations Since there are still so many stop-arm violations, 22 S C H O O L B U S F L E E T • A U G U S T 2 0 1 4 Districts that have deployed stop-arm cameras on school buses have seen success in citing violators, but they also focus on educating the public to help reduce the illegal-passing problem. Stop-arm camera system suppliers weigh in on ways to succeed in violation enforcement and prevention. BY KELSEY NOLAN, EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Pinpointing a Successful Stop-arm Camera Program Staged photo by Brevard Public Schools (Fla.)

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