BusPatrol America today announces its latest competitive RFP award in New York State. Rockland County selected BusPatrol- the world’s most deployed stop-arm enforcement technology provider – to implement and manage its school bus photo enforcement program. This critical public-private partnership is a win-win for student safety in a no cost effort to curb the illegal passing of stopped school buses across the County.
As per the agreement, all eight school districts within Rockland County will have the opportunity to have their school buses, both district-owned and contractor operated, equipped with advanced safety technology, including AI-powered stop-arm cameras to detect the license plates of vehicles that fail to stop for school buses. The technology, installation, and maintenance are provided at zero cost through BusPatrol’s violator-funded program.
Jean Souliere, the CEO and Founder of BusPatrol, said: “Every day in New York State, 50,000 motorists blow past stopped school buses, putting our kids at risk as they step on and off the school bus. This has to stop. Children are the future, and we owe it to them to ensure they travel to school safely.”
The program is scheduled to go live next year following a robust education and awareness campaign to raise awareness about the importance of school bus safety. This will include earned media, digital campaigns, and physical road signage at violation hot spots.
The partnership with Rockland County follows the success of BusPatrol’s programs in New York State, including Albany County, Dutchess County, Suffolk County, the Town of Hempstead, the City of Niagara Falls. BusPatrol will also launch school bus stop arm photo enforcement programs in partnership with the Town of North Hempstead, Monroe County, Rensselaer County, and the City of Rensselaer in the coming days.
Earlier this year, the National Association of State Director of Pupil Transportation (NASDPTS) announced that the rate of school bus illegal passings is at an epidemic level. Survey results suggest that school buses are illegally passed more than 41.8 million times per year in the United States. In New York State, school buses are illegally passed 50,000 times each school day, putting children at risk as they step on and off the bus.
To learn more about school bus safety in New York State and how you can help make roads safer in your community, go to https://buspatrol.com/