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New technology aims to catch drivers who pass school buses
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New technology aims to catch drivers who pass school buses

  • PublishedJune 16, 2024



According to a national report, drivers illegally pass school buses more than 242,000 times a day nationally.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Flagler County School District is one of five Florida districts implementing new technology on their school buses that will catch drivers who fail to stop when students are loading or unloading.

“Something very special is happening when the bus is stopped and the lights are flashing,” said Randy Wheeler, the transportation director for the Osceola County School District.

Thousands of children ride school buses to and from school across the state of Florida, but according to a report from the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services, drivers illegally pass school buses more than 242,000 times a day nationally.

“There have been, unfortunately nationwide, been many student fatalities as a result of people running stop signs. So, if you want to know what keeps school bus operators awake at night, that’s it,” Wheeler said.

The Osceola County School District is one of five Florida school districts that are now testing the Stop Arm Violation System developed by the company Safe Fleet.

This new technology takes the form of cameras on the side of the school bus which will capture the information of vehicles that illegally pass.

“We’re capturing the real event of a child being put in danger and not only that but you can see the evidence which shows vehicles that are just completely breaking the law,” Julian Jimenez, a Safe Fleet product manager, said.

“The intent as I see it is to make that bus stop the most safe place they are going to be that day, other than the campus,” Wheeler said.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, drivers caught illegally passing a school bus can face a minimum fine of $165.



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