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American Traffic Solutions School Bus Stop Arm Pilot Results Point to Cause for Concern in Volusia County
[June 06, 2012]

American Traffic Solutions School Bus Stop Arm Pilot Results Point to Cause for Concern in Volusia County

Jun 06, 2012 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) -- Results from the Volusia County School District School Bus Stop Arm Pilot confirm that a shocking number of drivers are illegally passing stopped school buses when the stop arm is extended and children are boarding or disembarking, said American Traffic Solutions (ATS).

According to a release, during a 29 day pilot period, cameras on one of the county's 229 buses captured a total of 71 violations. The pilot results also showed that eight out of every 10 violations occurred between 1pm and 3pm with 67 percent of the violations occurring on either Tuesday or Wednesday of each week. Under the pilot agreement, events were captured, but not issued.

"Our goal was to measure how many drivers disregard stopped school buses with the stop arm extended and illegally pass them," said Greg Akin, Director of Transportation for Volusia County School District. "Keeping our children safe is our number one priority and we want to change driver behavior in a positive way to protect the lives of the children who ride a school bus to and from school every day." ATS, a provider of road safety camera technology, provided Volusia County School District with CrossingGuard, ATS' new camera technology to help monitor the extent of the problem.

Designed to monitor and enforce traffic around a stopped school bus, CrossingGuard is powered by AngelTrax's IntelliGuard cameras mounted on the driver's side of the school bus.

When the school bus extends its stop arm, the system automatically detects if a vehicle passes the stopped school bus within the enforced zone. High-quality violation images of a vehicle's license plate and a video that captures the entire violation event provide law enforcement the evidence they need to effectively prosecute these violations.

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