Cameras to deter motorists from passing stopped school buses
The Carrollton City School System has announced plans to partner with American Traffic Solutions to deploy CrossingGuard®, ATS’ new technology to help school districts address the growing problem of illegal passing of school buses that are stopped for children to board or disembark.
Before deciding to add the technology to the Carrollton City Schools school bus fleet, the school district conducted an informal study to determine the number of stop-arm violations. In one afternoon, a total of 23 violations occurred.
“Student safety is at the forefront of every discussion we have in the school system,” said Michael Sanders, assistant superintendent of Carrollton City Schools. “Through the program, we hope to significantly reduce the number of these types of violations which will increase the overall safety of our students.”
Through the program, high-resolution cameras are mounted to the front and rear driver’s side of a school bus to capture potential violation events. When the stop arm is deployed, the system detects if a vehicle passes the stopped school bus within the enforcement zone.
Violation videos and license plate images will then be reviewed by the Carrollton Police Department for approval prior to citations being issued. In Georgia, the penalty for a violation will warrant the vehicle’s owner a $300 fine for the first offense, $750 fine for the second, and $1,000 for a third violation within a five-year period.
“We are excited to partner with the City of Carrollton Police Department and American Traffic Solutions on this initiative,” said Sanders. “This new technology serves as another opportunity to educate the citizens and re-emphasize the importance of proceeding cautiously when approaching a school bus.”
The school system expects to have the cameras installed at the start of the 2012-2013 school year.