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Companies Partner to Solve School Bus Running

Safer rides on school buses

TEMPE, Ariz. — American Traffic Solutions has added a partner to its school bus stop arm enforcement portfolio. In addition to its current integration with AngelTrax, ATS and Radio Engineering Industries will now work together to offer a school bus stop arm camera enforcement solution. CrossingGuard, ATS’ school bus stop arm running solution has proven to be effective at reducing the number of vehicles that illegally pass stopped school buses.

“We’re excited to have the opportunity to partner with an industry leader that shares our commitment to customer service,” said James Tuton, ATS CEO.

This alliance will bring together ATS, a provider of road safety camera solutions, with REI, a company that offers a line of commercial electronics for thousands of manufacturers, suppliers and operators in the transportation and agriculture industries.

Last year, the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services estimated 13 million drivers illegally passed stopped school buses across the country. CrossingGuard, ATS’ school bus stop arm technology, is designed to help school districts address this growing problem with a camera system that automatically detects if a vehicle passes the stopped school bus while the stop arm is extended. Images of a vehicle’s license plate and a video that captures the entire violation event provide law enforcement with the evidence they need to effectively prosecute these violations.

To date, ATS customers in Georgia, Maryland, Virginia and Texas are seeing a decrease in stop-arm running violations. In Cobb County, Georgia, there were 1,300 violations issued in August 2013. In April 2014, the number was 767, a 41 percent decrease. Similarly, an ATS analysis found less than 1 percent of drivers who receive one ticket get a second citation. Both results indicate the safety camera programs are gaining drivers’ attention and influencing their behavior.