Rose Tree Media School District uses license plate readers for school bus security

Rose Tree Media School District officials and police are working to keep children riding the buses safe with new camera technology.

The district has partnered with local law enforcement and BusPatrol to combat illegal overtaking of stopped school buses.

As part of the safety initiative, the entire district bus fleet will be equipped with automated application technology to detect non-stop vehicle license plates for school buses , putting children at risk. Video evidence is shared with local law enforcement for review before a citation is issued.

The programs will go live on Tuesday after a public education and awareness campaign.

The campaign aims to educate motorists and learner drivers about school bus safety laws and teach school children how to get on and off the bus in the safest way possible. Training will continue once the program is online.

“Keeping school children safe includes when they take our buses to and from school. The BusPatrol program is a great addition to our toolkit and reflects our ongoing partnership with local and state law enforcement to support the safety of our school children,” Rose Tree Superintendent Dr. DiMarino-Linnen said in A press release.

In October, authorities in Pennsylvania reported more than 250 arresting weapon violations in one day during Operation Safe Stop. Jean Soulière, CEO and founder of BusPatrol, said the safety initiative has been proven to make roads safer.

“Every day, thousands of cars ignore school bus stops and drive past school buses as children get on and off. Unfortunately, this dangerous behavior by motorists is only getting worse. Our safety programs combine education and enforcement to change driver behavior and ensure all motorists know when to stop for the big yellow bus. In some communities, our programs have reduced the rate of illegal crossings by up to 30%,” said Soulière.

In addition to stop-arm cameras, the District will also equip its buses with other safety devices at no cost to the District or taxpayers.

Technology, installation, and maintenance are funded by breach revenue over a five-year term.

Pennsylvania law states that motorists must stop at least 10 feet from school buses with flashing red lights and extended stop arms. The penalty for a first offense is $300.

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Donnie J. Milburn