In continuing its mission to ensure the safety of students, the Southampton Union Free School District has teamed up with Suffolk County’s Stop Arm Camera program to retrofit its fleet of buses with cameras that aim to prevent drivers from passing a stopped school bus.
“Though it has been the law that it is illegal to pass a stopped school bus, too many drivers continue to do so,” said Samantha Saw, the district’s transportation supervisor. “This program will hopefully deter most drivers, as the fines are quite high.”
The automatic cameras are deployed on the arms of a bus’s stop sign each time the bus makes a stop. The cameras take a sequence of photos that are sent directly to the local police department. If caught on camera, a driver faces up to $250 for a first offense.
The free program was adopted by the Southampton Board of Education after the district was offered to participate by the Suffolk County Executive’s Office.
Photo courtesy of the Southampton Union Free School District