Contact: Charles Territo
Title: Senior Vice President of Public Affairs
and Marketing, Communications
Phone: (480) 443-7000
School Contact: Pedro Gonzalez
Phone: (972) 557-6000
Balch Springs, Texas — The Balch Springs Police Department has partnered with American Traffic Solutions (ATS) to help Mesquite ISD address the growing problem of illegal passing of school buses that are stopped and boarding or disembarking children.
A 2015 survey of 6,869 school bus drivers in Texas recorded 7,676 vehicles illegally passing their buses while the buses were stopped to let children board or disembark. Based on this one-day event, Texas will see more than 6.9 million vehicles pass school buses that are stopped for children during an entire 180-day school year.
In response to this alarming trend, cameras will be installed on Mesquite ISD school buses at no cost to the district. The CrossingGuard® school bus arm safety solution, mounts purpose-built cameras on the 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 still images of a vehicle‘s license plate.
The violation video and license plate images are then reviewed by the Balch Springs Police Department for approval prior to a citation being issued. A violation is a civil penalty that will warrant the vehicle’s owner a fine ranging of $300.
“This is an imperative safety need and we are proud to have this additional tool to help protect our children,” said Chief Haber, Balch Springs Police Chief. “This new technology will, no doubt, enhance the safety of our roadways 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 3,500 installed school bus stop arm, red-light and speed safety cameras serving more than 30 million people. ATS Fleet Services is a leader in providing both Toll and Violation Management Solutions to fleets and rental customers saving them time and money. For more information, please visit: www.atsol.com or www.crossing-guard.com.