Are School Bus with Cameras for You?
School districts across the nation are experiencing a major issue. The problem is that drivers aren’t stopping for the school bus stop sign. This creates an unsafe environment for other vehicles as well as pedestrians. There have been many studies that show the issue is plenty prevalent still in today's society. The issue of illegal passing has made national headlines in recent years. Frustrated school districts often consider the idea of purchasing school bus cameras. The districts think that the cameras will be a deterrent for the public. Districts still have many questions as it relates to school bus red light cameras. I researched this issue in detail. I would love to help address some of your most asked questions about these bus cameras.
Did you know? It's illegal in all 50 states to pass a school bus with its red lights flashing and stop-arm extended. In all cases on divided highways, traffic behind the bus must stop.
Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
What do school bus cameras look like? Outside cameras are either yellow or black. They are wedge-shaped boxes located on the driver’s side or rear of the school bus. School bus with cameras have a transparent opening. Interior cameras are black dome-shaped boxes. They mount between the window-level and interior roof of a bus.
How much does a school bus camera cost? One of Seon’s outside cameras cost $1,945. To compare, a complete system of Gardian Angel school bus lights maxes out around $379. If you're looking for a more cost-effective option consider Gardian Angel.
It not only stops drivers from passing, but illuminates children. Prices may vary, but around $119 - $379 it's hard to beat. The Gardian Angel also helps the bus cameras see the correct color of vehicle in darkness. This is necessary in some states for prosecution.
Source: Daily Record, part of the USA Today network
Did you know? Many drivers speed up when they observe the stop sign is about to extend. This type of pass may end up in a citation. Your best bet to avoid a ticket is to wait for the stop-sign to retract before proceeding with your commute.
Can school buses have cameras? Yes, a lot of new school buses sold today either has cameras or is able to fit them when specifications allow. Each state has different requirements about what features a school bus may have. Each state needs permission to use and install the cameras before purchasing. Permission is necessary even for pilot testing the school bus cameras. School buses have some of the strongest laws for allowing new transportation technology. This is because the safety of school children is at stake.
Are school bus cameras legal? School bus cameras are already legal in many states. Almost every new school bus sold today either has cameras or is set to accommodate them. The most common way a school bus cam becomes legal is through a lobbying process. Stop-arm camera makers and their lobbyists pitch school bus cameras to lawmakers. The lawmakers then take this idea and send it off through legislation in a form of a Bill. These bills allow these stop-arm camera companies to automate enforcement.
Where are school bus cameras located? There are two main kinds of school cameras. There are interior and outside camera systems. The placement of an interior bus camera is near the roof-level inside of a bus. The placement of exterior camera cameras are either located on the side of the bus and/or back of the bus. The exterior side cameras are often positioned somewhere near the stop sign. The cameras on the back are often placed towards the top of the bus. These cameras help catch different angles as violators pass.
Did you know? Most violators pass from the front of the bus rather than the rear.
Do school buses have cameras outside? In certain states that allow cameras, yes. The placement of exterior cameras is on the drivers’ side of the bus often near the stop sign. These cameras record instances outside of the bus and captures license plates. And before you even ask, yes depending on the view and angle they may be able to capture images and footage of your face.
Do school buses have cameras inside? In certain states that allow the cameras, yes. The placement of interior cameras is near the roof-level inside of a bus. These help with various allegations while on the bus.
How do school bus cameras work? The cameras activate when the engine starts. They capture images/video inside and outside a school bus. Some record with audio. The footage is then downloaded for review. After review, a notice of violation may occur.
Does school bus have cameras? Yes, many states across the country have approved school bus camera bills. These bills grant permission to automate enforcement for school bus camera violations.
Did you know? There is already an approved new technology in more states than the school bus stop sign cameras. One of its benefits is preventing illegal passing from ever occurring in the first place. No wonder why everyone is talking about the Gardian Angel® school bus lighting system.
States and provinces
Are school buses equipped with cameras in NJ? There are conflicting accounts of school bus camera systems usage in New Jersey. It appears, yes, New Jersey may use them, but is up to the districts. In 2018, a NJ school bus bill failed through the legal system.
Do school buses have cameras in Ontario? Yes. Ontario can install school bus cameras to catch violators passing. This allowance happened in April 2019.
Do school buses have cameras in California? Not yet. Senate Bill 371 is getting reviewed by California legislature. Senate Bill 371 would allow school districts to install external stop arm cameras. It started by Senator Caballero on February 20, 2019. On March 25, 2019 it needed amending and was re-referred to the committee.
Source: California Legislation Information
Do school buses have cameras in Ohio? Yes, and an Ohio bill is trying to solidify their stance on the issue. House Bill 83, started on February 2019. It needed referred back to the committee on March 5, 2019.
Source: The Ohio Legislature
Do school buses have cameras in Illinois? Yes. In 2013, Illinois passed Senate Bill 923. This bill authorized the use of exterior bus cameras.
Source: Huff Post