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Douglas County School Buses Now Have Stop Arm Cameras

The Douglas County School System is the tenth Georgia school district to partner with American Traffic Solutions to address the growing problem of illegal passing of school buses. In 2011, Georgia passed legislation to permit counties to equip school buses with video cameras to catch drivers who illegally drive by school buses when they stop to pick up or drop off students.

“Keeping our children safe is our number one priority,” said Dr. Gordon Pritz, Superintendent. “Our goal is to educate drivers about the Georgia School Bus Stop laws that protect the lives of the children who ride Douglas County school buses every day.”

CrossingGuard® is the trade name of the school bus arm safety solution that 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 Douglas County Sheriff’s Office 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, a $750 fine levied for the second offense, and a third violation in a five-year period will result in a $1,000 fine.

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