County commissioners voted at their meeting Tuesday to renew a five-year contract with the company that mails $300 tickets to drivers for not properly stopping at school buses when their stop arms are down. Read the full article at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Georgia was one of the first states to allow local school systems to adopt bus camera laws. The cameras take video of scofflaws who zoom past as students get on or off, then a police officer reviews the video and sends the car owners citations by mail. The law was spurred by two Cobb mothers who urged a legislator to act in 2009 after a 5-year-old was killed by a driver who passed a bus.
Albemarle County is one of only two school systems in the state to implement extended stop arms. Three routes were chosen for the pilot year, two of which had a history of driver violations. Over the past school year, the four-foot stop sign arms reduced the number of drivers who fly past school buses by 89 percent. Read the full article and watch the video at NBC29.
“Under Texas law, motorists are supposed to stop for school buses that are picking up or letting off students. Buses are equipped with a mechanical arm that extends a stop sign to warn drivers. In 2011, DCS made a deal with Louisiana-based Force Multiplier to install cameras on the buses to videotape motorists who failed to stop. As with red-light cameras, which have fallen out of favor in many places, the system involved sending violation notices and fine assessments to drivers based on the videos.
Other safety features […] include […] seven internal cameras and a stop-arm camera. […] There are two extending stop signs on the exterior of each bus as well as a camera system that will capture pictures or video of vehicles that unlawfully pass the bus while stopped. […] There are also cameras on the interior of the buses to aid the drivers with safety and security. Read the full article at White Mountain Independent.