Fulton County education officials have announced they will begin using school bus stop arm cameras in an effort to cut down on drivers illegal passing buses.
The school system has partnered with American Traffic Solutions to help address the growing problem of illegal passing of school buses while the stop arm is deployed, according to a released statement from Fulton schools.
Nearly 80,000 Fulton students are eligible to ride on one of the district’s 760 buses across many routes each day.
“We want each student to arrive at their destination safely – it is our number one priority,” said Fulton schools’ interim superintendent Kenneth Zeff, in a released statement. “Every time a motorist passes a school bus that is loading or unloading children, a student is put at risk.
“We expect drivers in Fulton County to follow the law and stop for our buses. Nothing is so urgent that you cannot stop for a school bus.”
Gwinnett, Cobb, Clayton, Decatur, Marietta and Atlanta are among the school districts already using school bus cameras.
American Traffic Solutions and Fulton schools officials will be at a meeting Thursday afternoon at the district’s North Transportation Center in Alpharetta to discuss the program’s implementation. They will also provide a demonstration of how the school bus stop arm camera equipment works.