Broome County Partners with Verra Mobility to Enhance School Bus Safety

Broome County Partners with Verra Mobility to Enhance School Bus Safety

Fox 40 Wicz, New York, April 22, 2021

The county has now partnered with Verra Mobility to install cameras to buses across most of the county’s school districts free of charge to the districts over the next month. Eleven school districts are currently participating in the program.

“So this is a great program for schools. They’re getting the cameras put on free of charge, and Verra is working to do that,” said Broome County Executive Jason Garnar. “And we’re kind of dividing up the fine money between the county and Verra Mobility. You know, it’s all about keeping our kids safe. It’s the most important thing that we can do.”



Oneida County: School Bus Cameras Could be Installed Before 2022

WUTR, New York, April 26, 2021

In 2019 New York State passed a law allowing schools to install cameras on their school buses. Governor Cuomo has said quote “We are providing school districts the tools they need to hold reckless drivers accountable.”

“Passing a stopped school bus is one of the most severe sections of the vehicle and traffic law because if the potential for seriously injuring or killing a child.” – Sheriff Robert Maciol Oneida County Sheriff’s Office


Local Law Will Fine Drivers Caught on Camera Passing Stopped School Buses

News 10, New York, April 12, 2021

The Albany County Legislature adopted Local Law C Monday night, which allows for surveillance cameras to be used to catch and prosecute drivers who pass a stopped school bus.

Thousands of drivers illegally blow past school buses loading or unloading students across the state and endangering children.

Before this law, a driver had to be witnessed by a police officer to be ticketed. Now, counties and school districts can provide the camera evidence and pursue fines anywhere from $250 to $300 per offense.

Additional details about Local Law C can be found on the Albany County website.


Cameras For School Zone, Bus Safety Could Soon Be Approved

NPR Central Florida News, Florida, April 3, 2021

Miami Democratic Representative Nicholas Duran has a measure that aims to keep kids safer on their way to and from school.

It allows schools to use cameras to enforce speed limits surrounding school zones.

“The old saying speed kills is something we need to continue because the faster a car is moving the longer it takes to stop and farther it travels, but also the likelihood of the person getting injured increases substantially. This goes toward that and helps us provide a mechanism to ensure that safety for our students and families crossing streets near the school.”

Indian Harbor Beach Republican Representative Thad Altman also has a measure to protect students on their way to school. It would let schools use a camera to catch drivers who drive around buses when their stop arms are out.


Missouri House Looks at School Bus Safety

KSN, Missouri, April 23, 2021

A bill in the Missouri house is being considered that would entail cameras on school bus stop signs.

Under House Bill 1425 – schools would be allowed to partner with private companies to provide a crossing control arm enforcement system. The bus would be outfitted with technology that would start recording when the bus is stopped and has its stop sign deployed.



Chandler City Council Approves Agreement for Photo Enforcement Cameras at 12 Intersections

Community Impact, Arizona, April 23, 2021

Chandler City Council approved an agreement April 22 for photo enforcement cameras at 12 of the city’s intersections for a five-year period expected to cost around $2.5 million. “The goal of the photo enforcement program is to reduce overall accidents and further reduce the severity of accidents that do occur,” read the agenda item. “Studies conducted in Chandler show that there is a statistically significant reduction in accidents at intersections that are photo enforced. The Police Department’s experience with photo enforcement as a tool to reduce accidents and increase traffic safety has been positive.”


Baker Files Legislation to Improve Road Safety

Boston 25 News, Massachusetts, April 26, 2021

Governor Charlie Baker announced that there will be a traffic camera enforcement option included in the bill that will allow localities to place red light cameras at intersections. He added that these cameras would be restricted to only collecting photographs of vehicle license plates.

“These proposals will make Massachusetts roadways and streets safer for all travelers and will help reduce roadway fatalities across the state,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “This legislative package builds upon laws enacted in 2019 to prevent and enforce distracted driving, and we look forward to working with our partners in the Legislature to take additional steps to improve road safety.”


FDOT Has Removed the City of Aventura From it’s High Risk, Dangerous Traffic and Fatalities in 9 Categories

Aventura Police Department Facebook, Florida, April 19, 2021

For the first time in 10 years, the City of Aventura announced that it is no longer designated as a priority city for crashes involving great bodily injury and fatalities, according to the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) recently released Highway Safety Matrix. The Aventura red-light safety camera program and other community outreach efforts aided in reducing serious traffic crashes and injuries after years of effort to change driver behavior and increase road safety in our community.



Citations Begin April 26 for School Speed Zone Safety Camera Violations

Athens-Clarke County Government, Georgia, April 25, 2021

On March 22, 2021, the Athens-Clarke County Police Department began the 30-day warning period for the newly implemented school speed zone cameras. As a result, over 2,400 warnings were sent to registered owners of violating vehicles.  As of Monday, April 26, 2021, the Athens-Clarke County Police Department will begin sending citations for violations instead of warnings.


New Market Selects Vendor to Install Speed Cameras Near Schools

The Frederick News Post, Maryland, April 27, 2021

Citing a history of speeding vehicles on Main Street, council members have unanimously voted to enter into a contract with VERRA Mobility for speed cameras, pending review of the contract by the town attorney. The town anticipates a monthly charge of $4,400 per camera, Council Vice President Lawrence “Jake” Romanell wrote in an email. The council plans to use two portable speed cameras that can be moved around within a half-mile radius of schools.


Kent Police Reactivate School Zone Speed Cameras | Update

Kent Reporter, Washington, April 19, 2021

Kent’s school zone speed cameras are back in action at six elementary schools.

With the return this week of in-person learning, school zone speed cameras are being reactivated to help keep kids safe at the crosswalk, according to Kent Police on Tuesday, April 13.



After Deadly Year, States Push Highway Safety

The Sentinel, National, April 27, 2021

As more Americans start commuting to work and hitting the roads after a year indoors, they’ll be returning to streets that have gotten deadlier.

Last year, an estimated 42,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes and 4.8 million were injured. That represents an 8% increase over 2019, the largest year-over-year increase in nearly a century — even though the number of miles driven fell by 13%, according to the National Safety Council.

California and other states are grappling with how to reduce traffic deaths, a problem that has worsened over the past 10 years but gained urgency since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Lawmakers from coast to coast have introduced dozens of bills to lower speed limits, set up speed camera programs and promote pedestrian safety.



What Do 42% of Drivers Do on the JFX? Hint: It’s Not Safe 

Baltimore Sun, Maryland, April 27, 2021

Last year, despite a major drop in vehicle miles traveled (mostly because of fewer cars on the roads during the pandemic), U.S. traffic deaths rose to the highest of the century. In all, authorities estimate that at least 42,000 Americans died in crashes last year, an 8% increase from 2019. Maryland followed that trend with 568 deaths last year compared to 534 in 2019. How could that happen the same year that total vehicle miles driven declined 13% nationwide? The short answer: speed and aggressive driving. What happened on the JFX is happening on other U.S. roads. People are treating highways more like the Daytona Speedway and less like public thoroughfares where lives can be lost in a fraction of a second. Perhaps compared to 570,000 lives lost to COVID-19, 42,000 seems small but it’s roughly the population of Catonsville and enough to nearly crack the top 10 causes of death in the U.S.