School Bus Stop Arm Safety At a Glance
- Nearly 26 million students ride school buses daily in the United States (School Transportation News).
- In 2014, an estimated 13 million drivers illegally passed school buses while their stop arms are deployed (NASDPTS).
- In the 2013-2014 school year, there was a 15 percent decrease in violations per school bus stop arm camera on routes where the safety cameras were installed (ATS).
- Across the country, 99 percent of drivers who received and paid one ticket for illegally passing a school bus did not receive a second (ATS).
The Big Picture
Drivers who disobey school bus stop arms are a frequent danger to the safety of school-aged children. Nearly 26 million students ride school buses daily in the United States, getting on and off buses roughly 20 billion times throughout the year. An estimated 13 million drivers will illegally pass school buses while their stop arms are deployed this year, putting countless children in serious danger as they travel to and from school each day.
School bus stop arm cameras help to enforce school bus passing laws while drivers focus on keeping their young passengers safe. In fact, the presence of cameras on school buses has helped to reduce the prevalence of illegal passing. In the 2013-2014 school year, there was a 15 percent decrease in violations per school bus stop arm camera on routes where the safety cameras were installed.
Furthermore, automated traffic enforcement has helped to improve driver behavior near school buses. Across the country, 99 percent of drivers who received and paid one ticket for illegally passing a school bus did not receive a second. In short, the cameras are not only enforcing a law that is difficult to police, they are keeping drivers from committing dangerous acts again.
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