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4 Benefits of Using a Stop-arm Camera With Your Mobile Video Setup

Tom Mitsos on August 30, 2022

Stop-arm cameras are a terrific way to improve your mobile video system, as they are designed for one specific instance.

School buses have stop signs that swing out from the left side of the bus to alert your drivers that children are crossing the street to either board or deboard the bus. Unfortunately, it’s quite common for other motorists to treat school buses like city buses and simply pass them should buses slow down to pick up passengers, which is, of course, very dangerous for kids who may have to cross the street.

Depending on where you live, your state may have a law that requires traffic either behind or in front of the school bus to come to a complete stop when school bus stop arms are flashing and out.

Did you know: During one day in 2019, more than 130,900 school bus drivers across 39 states reported 95,319 illegal passes while their buses’ red lights were flashing and stop arms were extended. That’s about 3,971 illegal passes per hour or 66 per minute.

Stop-arm cameras can be mounted to either the stop sign itself or the side of the school bus and offer several benefits.

Catch Illegally Passing Motorists With a Stop-arm Camera

Stop-arm cameras can capture a picture of the driver and the license plate to prosecute those who break the law. If you don’t have a clear picture of the driver, they could only be charged with an infraction rather than a misdemeanor.

Reduce Violations With a Stop-arm Camera

Whether it’s not knowing the law or simply not caring, you can bet prosecuted violators will not make the same mistake twice, especially if they have to pay a heavy fine. The more fines that are issued for illegally passing school buses, the fewer violations there will be.

Protect Children With a Stop-arm Camera

The most important benefit of utilizing a stop-arm camera is to protect the children riding the bus. Your school bus drivers have one goal: to make the journey to and from school safer. Stop-arm cameras help them achieve that goal. s

Keep Communities Safer With a Stop-arm Camera

Not only will children be safer, but the community as a whole will be safer. Other pedestrians and motorists will no doubt appreciate the reduced violations in their neighborhood.

Stop-arm cameras feature several benefits to keep your children and your community safe.


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