Washington County Launches School Bus Stop Arm Enforcement Program
HAGERSTOWN, MD, Oct 30, 2013 (Marketwired via COMTEX) --
Starting today, motorists who travel some of Washington County's
roads should be extra careful not to pass a stopped school bus when
the red lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended, or they
could receive a violation notice as part of the school system's
efforts to use technology to make the streets safer for school
children. In 2012, Maryland passed legislation to permit counties to
equip school buses with video cameras to catch drivers who illegally
drive by school buses when they stop to pick up or drop off students.
Washington County and the Washington County Sheriff's Office is
partnering with American Traffic Solutions (ATS) to deploy
CrossingGuardÂ®, ATS' new technology to help school districts address
the growing problem of illegal passing of school buses that are
stopped and boarding or disembarking children.
"Safety is our number one priority," states Barbara J. Scotto,
Supervisor of Transportation for Washington County Public Schools.
"Washington County Public Schools is implementing this program
because we want to make the public more aware of the school bus stop
arm laws and ultimately, see our violations reduced to zero."
The CrossingGuardÂ® school bus stop arm safety solution mounts
purpose-built cameras on the side of the school bus. When the stop
arm is deployed, the camera automatically detects a vehicle illegally
passing the school bus, in either direction, and captures video of
the violation and still images of a vehicle's license plate.
The violation video and license plate images are then reviewed by law
enforcement for approval prior to a citation being issued. In
Washington County, the penalty for a first stop-arm violation will
warrant the vehicle's owner a $125 fine. This is a civil penalty, no
points will be assessed.
"We are excited about this collaboration between the Washington
County Sheriff's Office, Washington County and the Washington County
Schools and American Traffic Solutions," said Sheriff Mullendore.
"This is an imperative safety need and we are proud to have this
additional tool to help protect our children."
Click here or visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnCgQK8blcI for
more information about the Washington County school bus stop arm
About American Traffic Solutions:
ATS is proud to be the market leader in road safety camera
installations in North America. ATS has more than 3,200 installed
school bus stop arm, red-light and speed safety cameras serving more
than 30 million people. ATS is the largest road safety camera program
service provider in North America with awards or contracts with
nearly 300 local jurisdictions in 21 states and the District of
Columbia. For more information, please visit: www.atsol.com or
Phone: (480) 443-7000
Sheriff's Office Contact:
Carly Hose, PIO
Phone: (240) 313-2100
SOURCE: American Traffic Solutions
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