Carroll County Public Schools announced a new partnership with BusPatrol to equip school buses with advanced stop-arm enforcement technology.
All 311 of the school system’s buses will be equipped with technology including cameras and GPS tracking in order to reduce the illegal passing of school buses and make the journey to and from school safer for all students. Communities using BusPatrol’s technology have experienced a 30% reduction in violations year-on-year.
From the press release:
Mike Hardesty, Director of Transportation for Carroll County Public Schools, said: “Stop-arm violations are a real danger to our students. As school buses and cars are now returning to the roads with back-to-school hybrid instruction, we want to do everything we can to make sure that students are kept safe.
“BusPatrol equipped our entire fleet at zero upfront cost. Knowing the cameras are on there will give real peace of mind to bus drivers and parents. It will also remind drivers that they need to stop whenever they see a stopped school bus on the road. Students should be reminded that they still need to look left, right and left again before entering the road for their stopped school bus. We are extremely excited about acquiring this new technology for our community.”
School buses will be connected to FirstNet, a wireless communications platform used by emergency response vehicles. BusPatrol is the only automated traffic enforcement company approved to run on the network built for law enforcement.