Put cameras inside school bus, not on stop arm

2014-01-30T00:00:00Z Put cameras inside school bus, not on stop arm nwitimes.com
January 30, 2014 12:00 am

No, drivers should not go around buses when the arms are out. With that said: Put the camera inside the bus not on the arm.

When it comes to generating revenue from civil fines or actually saving lives, we can see where HB 1042 would fall into place. “An average of 33 children a year are killed in the United States in accidents involving school buses, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, although nearly all of these fatalities involve bus drivers accidentally running over a child.”

Really, is it better to spend the money installing cameras on a bus stop arm than to put the camera inside the bus and require the driver to make certain no student is in front of their bumper before stepping on the gas?

Not to mention the cost of serving, collecting these fines, but there will still be bus drivers who can’t see what’s in the front of the bus. And there will still be about the same number of fatalities. Wouldn't the fines collected without the stop arm cameras be sufficient to pay for cameras inside?

- Naomi Korem, Munster

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