Stop-Arm Camera Study: ‘Russian roulette’ with kids lives
A Stop-Arm Camera Study found that drivers illegally passed school buses over 30,000 times per day.
What is a Stop-Arm Camera Study?
A Stop-Arm Camera Study observes and analyzes data collected from cameras installed on school buses. Firstly, the school bus stop-arm lights flash, the stop sign (stop-arm) extends. Secondly, the event triggers a video recording. Furthermore, police watch the video to determine if drivers break the law by passing the school bus.
What were the results of the Stop-Arm Camera Study?
The government authorized the installation of stop-arm cameras on 13 school buses in eight cities. The school bus camera study began in mid March 2018 and ran for 45 days. The study revealed that drivers pass a deployed stop arm up to 3.8 times per day. Similarly, Robert Rego, the vice-president of BusPatrol described it as a “ game of Russian roulette.” Consequently, drivers commit violations daily that put the lives of children in danger.
Watch this video below produced by CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation). This study was the first of its kind in Québec, a province in Canada that borders Maine, Vermont and New York State.