Gwinnett County Schools Bus Safety & The Stop Arm Camera Initiative
Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) is diligent in its work to ensure safe school bus ridership to and from our schools. As part of our bus safety focus, we teach students rules to follow as they get on and off the bus. We also would like to remind drivers of the rules they must follow when they encounter a school bus on the roadway. In 2011, lawmakers put into place a law to help keep children safe when they are loading or unloading school buses. The law outlines rules drivers must follow when they encounter a stopped school bus. Safety is a priority when it comes to transporting students and we all play a role in keeping kids safe.
In addition to raising awareness regarding bus safety and laws for drivers, GCPS is placing school bus stop arm cameras on buses as a deterrent for drivers who illegally pass school buses. During the 2014-15 school year, cameras will be placed on 300 buses. When the school bus stop arm is activated, the system automatically detects vehicles passing the stopped school bus, and records the violation. The violator will receive a citation in the mail.