American Traffic Solutions to Put Cameras on School Buses to Catch Illegal Passers
American Traffic Solutions, the company behind many of the red light cameras across the United States have been working with school districts to assist with school zone enforcement. While they already have cameras in many active school districts around the nation, with very positive results, they are taking it one step further and working with the districts to add cameras to school buses.
Officially called the CrossingGuard® School Bus Stop Arm Violation Enforcement System, it aims to deter the thousands of jerk motorists who disregard school bus arms, and pass a stopped school bus putting children in danger. Though I can't imagine that saving 45 seconds off your commute is worth endangering children, which is why these cameras in addition to the existing school zone ones are a great idea.
ATS has contracts with 21 states and the District of Columbia. While obviously there aren't cameras in every single school zone, they are working on it. While red light cameras have their value I think we all can agree that protecting children is paramount. ATS plans on making sure the public is aware of the cameras as well. Says Adam Tuton, EVP and President of Safety, "We will work with school districts to publicize the use of the cameras the same way we work with cities to publicize the use of red-light and speed safety camera programs."
In addition, "With roughly 26 million children riding school buses each day, CrossingGuard® is a valuable tool for school districts, bus drivers and local law enforcement to use to deter these violations and ensure child safety," said James Tuton, ATS president and CEO. "This new technology service was in direct response to customer needs and requirements for an automated, accurate and robust solution for detecting and enforcing these dangerous violations which threaten the safety of our children."Continued on the next page