Atlanta, GA — Atlanta Public Schools (APS) will partner with the City of Atlanta Police Department and American Traffic Solutions (ATS) to deploy CrossingGuard®, ATS’ technology to help school districts address the growing problem of motorists illegally passing school buses that are stopped and boarding or disembarking children. APS will start the new school year Wednesday, Aug. 5 with Crossing Guard® cameras on routes identified by the district that have a high number of school bus stop arm incidents.
APS buses travel 21,904 miles per day transporting 24,000 students to and from school.
“Safety is our number one goal when transporting students,” said APS Executive Director of Transportation John Franklin. “Ensuring that motorists follow the law when students are being loaded and unloaded from our school buses is a vital safety concern. With the implementation of these cameras, instances of motorists passing school buses while the stop arm is out and the red lights are flashing are expected to decrease.”
The CrossingGuard® school bus arm safety solution mounts purpose-built cameras on the left side of the school bus. When the stop arm is deployed, the camera automatically detects a vehicle illegally passing the stop arm in either direction and captures video of the violation and images of a vehicle‘s license plate. The violation video and license plate images are then reviewed by law enforcement for approval prior to a citation being issued. In Georgia, the penalty for a first stop-arm violation will warrant the vehicle’s owner a $300 fine for the first violation, a $750 fine for the second, and a third violation in a five-year period will result in a $1,000 fine.
For the first 30 days, the Atlanta Police Department will issue warnings to motorists captured illegally passing a school bus with the arm extended.
“We are excited to collaborate with Atlanta Public Schools and American Traffic Solutions on this important safety initiative,” said Atlanta Police Chief George N. Turner. “This technology will no doubt enhance the safety of our roads by protecting all of us — most importantly our most valued resource, our children.”
About American Traffic Solutions
ATS is proud to be the market leader in road safety camera installations in North America. ATS has more than 3,200 installed red-light, school bus stop arm and speed safety cameras serving more than 30 million people. ATS is the largest road safety camera program service provider in North America with awards or contracts with nearly 300 local jurisdictions including 21 states and Washington, D.C. In Georgia, ATS CrossingGuard customers include: Carroll County, Carrollton City, Newton County, Cobb County, Houston County, Muscogee County, Atlanta Public Schools, Paulding County, Clayton County, Decatur County, Marietta, GA. For more information, visit www.atscrossingguard.com.
About Atlanta Public Schools
Atlanta Public Schools is one of the largest school districts in the state of Georgia, serving approximately 50,000 students across 98 learning sites. The district is organized into nine K-12 clusters with 87 schools, 17 charter schools and two citywide single-gender academies, where students are offered rigorous instructional programs that foster success in school and life. For more information, visit www.atlantapublicschools.us.