The start of school is just around the corner for Connecticut and that means more school buses on the road. How safe our children are getting on and off the bus has many town officials concerned. Adding stop arm cameras is an option that most towns simply can't afford, but something needs to be done to protect the children from drivers who fail to stop for buses. There are currently about a dozen Connecticut towns using the stop arm cameras to catch these motorists.
According to USA Today, Stratford Public School busses are equipped with these cameras and violators are charged $450.00 per offense. The question remains, if more people were aware of the fines associated with violation, would it decrease the number of violations? Bus drivers have a lot of responsibility getting our children home safe, and it seems their hands are tied when it comes to helping nab the motorists who refuse to obey the laws.
Please use caution when approaching a school bus, and realize a bus stop arm is there for a reason: A child's life may be at stake. Parents should also discuss with their children the importance of caution at the bus stop and when loading and unloading off the bus to reduce the possibility of being injured by a motorist who fails to obey the laws.
If you, a family member or friend has been injured by a reckless driver failing to obey the bus stop arm, BJM Law can help. Please contact one of our knowledgeable Connecticut personal injury attorneys at (203) 663-3695.
**The information in this article is for general purposes only. Nothing in this article should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. The information is not intended to create an attorney- client relationship.