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School Bus Cameras Catch Bad Drivers

Bad drivers are everywhere. We’ve seen Tesla owners sleeping behind the wheel while their car speeds on the highway. Hit-and-run crashes are on the rise. Another disturbing trend? Drivers illegally pass school buses as students get on/off the bus. But, communities are fighting back with external school bus cameras to catch bad drivers.

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School Districts Install External Cameras On Buses

At least 21 school districts in Pennsylvania have added external cameras on school buses. This small sample of school districts are taking part in a program to increase student safety. The cameras recorded a shocking amount of drivers illegally passing stopped school buses.

It Happens More Than You Realize

Drivers illegally pass stopped school buses more than you might realize, and this puts young students at risk. To understand how often drivers illegally pass school buses at a bus stop, let’s look at the numbers. In less than a 6-month period, external cameras on school buses caught 8,000 instances of drivers passing buses that were letting students on or off the bus. Keep in mind, this program only covers 21 of the 500 school districts in Pennsylvania.

Child Safety Is Important

As a parent, it is hard to understand why a driver would put young children at risk in this way. What could be more important than the safety of these children?

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Holding Dangerous Drivers Accountable

Drivers that pass school buses understand they are not likely to get caught. Police can’t be everywhere all the time. The external cameras enable authorities to capture vehicle information to hold dangerous drivers accountable.

How External Cameras Increase School Bus Safety

External cameras on school buses increase safety in several ways.

Deterrence: The presence of cameras on school buses can act as a deterrent for drivers that might be tempted to pass a stopped school bus.

Increased Enforcement: Many drivers think they can get away with dangerous driving habits. This camera system makes it easy to identify and catch every driver that puts schoolchildren at risk.

Accountability: When a driver is caught passing a stopped school bus, the cameras provide solid evidence police can use against the driver. The driver is issued a fine.

Prevent Tragedy: The ultimate goal of the camera systems is to stop drivers from hurting children as they get on or off the school bus.

Not A Perfect Solution

While we would agree that external cameras aren’t a perfect solution, we also understand something needs to be done to protect children getting on/off the school bus. The cameras don’t physically stop drivers from passing a stopped school bus. In the event your child is struck by a passing vehicle, contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible.

When To Contact A Personal Injury Attorney

Negligent drivers must be held responsible for their actions. If a driver strikes your child as they get on or off the bus at a school bus stop, contact an injury attorney as soon as possible. An experienced injury attorney will work to punish the negligent driver while securing the best possible outcome for you and your child.

Haggerty Silverman & Justice Injury Law Firm

The attorneys at Haggerty Silverman & Justice injury law firm work hard to secure compensation for injured people. If you or your child have been injured, contact a personal injury attorney for a free consultation. You don’t pay us anything unless we recover money for you.