We get by with a little help from our….communities
BusPatrol emphasizes the group effort necessary in making roads safer
Tackling the issue of distracted drivers and safer roads is not a one-person job, nor is it the sole responsibility of politicians or law enforcement. Rather, ensuring road safety requires the commitment and efforts of the entire community.
There is definite strength in numbers for that, but as David Poirier, President of BusPatrol America, points out: there are also some significant challenges.
“The challenge is there’s a lot of people involved. On one side you have the municipalities, on the other side the school board, you have a school bus operator, who is hired to do work on behalf of the school board. Then you have the different government entities that control the legislative process required to support this kind of technology,” he says, “so the reason why it is somewhat slow-moving is because we need to rally a group of people to make sure that everyone does their part.”
As a technology company, BusPatrol helps manage and maintain their tech in the communities where they operate. Once a driver is caught illegally passing a schoolbus, they compile all the evidence and recordings necessary and provide it to local law enforcement, who then decide if a ticket is issued or not. If it is, then BusPatrol prints out the ticket and sends it to the offender, at which point the offender has the option through a link and a passcode provided to see the evidence against them online.
Effective, no doubt, but also cumbersome to do alone.
“In order for us to get a program in place, there’s really three bodies of people we need to get on board,” Jean Souliere, CEO of BusPatrol says, “There’s the school district. There’s law enforcement. Then there’s legislators, politicians.”
But why so many varying establishments?
“We have to get the commitment of the schoolboards, because it’s their buses that we want to install our equipment on. We have to get the law enforcement folks on board because it’s them who will make the approval whether or not we issue a ticket. And we have to get enabling legislation that allows us as contractors to put equipment on school buses, process the video and allow the police to see it,” Souliere explains.
“Once we get them all on board, then we start to have success,” Souliere says.
And when success means safer roads, then it’s easy to get on board with that.