Filed under: bus, machines, school, School bus | Tags: flashing lights, school bus, stop arm, video, video camera
School has started and drivers need to be aware of the flashing lights on school buses that tell you a bus is coming to a halt. That means noticing the flashing yellow ones that come before the flashing red ones. Flashing yellow means start slowing down so you can stop when the red starts!
I’m constantly amazed at how many people do not see that big yellow bus with its flashing lights and go flying through a student loading zone. A bus driver can turn in someone who runs their stop arm, but unless we get the full license plate it does not even pay to do the paper work. Our bus company has come through with help.
There are now video cameras inside and outside of our school buses to record what is happening in and around a school bus. If someone runs our stop arm, we now have video evidence of the infraction. The police will be calling you if you run our bus stop arms now and they will have video evidence to prove your actions.
Oh yes, there are cameras inside also. If we have student behavior problems we have those recoded also. Actually, I hope to never use that video, but it does do a good job of enforcing behavior. I just ask the student what their parents will see when we show it to them. In most cases that’s all I need to do.
So watch out for those flashing lights when you approach a school bus. In my district you will be on camera and we will get you if you run that stop arm.