Posted on behalf of Stephens, Anderson & Cummings on Aug 26, 2014 in Bus Accidents
Motorists who fail to yield to school bus stop arms will now face minimum fines of $300 per infraction in Dallas County.
As the school year begins, parents and teachers have expressed support for increased measures to penalize drivers who blow past a school buss extended stop sign. While many drivers obey the law and halt for a stopped school bus, others do not. Zooming by a stopped school bus endangers the lives of children exiting or entering the bus, in addition to other drivers or road obstructions they may not see as they carelessly pass it.
The cameras are mounted to the side of the school buses. They begin to film as soon as the bus stops and the stop arm is extended. Any driver who fails to stop or chooses to begin driving before the stop arm is pulled in will be caught on tape and should expect to receive a ticket in the mail shortly thereafter. The filming is completely automated and the school district claims is perfectly effective.
Dallas County Schools say one-third of all stopped school buses are passed illegally each day. This amounts to 16,450 violations in Texas per day, or 2.96 million every school year.
The community response to the initiative has been generally positive, though some worry violators may fall victim to a ticketing system that could be unreliable, similar to issues that exist with red light cameras.
Regardless of the general consensus, the 2014-15 school year will see these stop arm cameras in place. The attorneys of Stephens, Anderson & Cummings would like to remind all drivers to keep an eye open for stopped school buses. Hopefully, Dallas County Schools new stop arm cameras will reduce the probability a child will be injured or even killed as they exit or enter their bus.
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