Transportation Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

HB-6449

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING THE SAFETY OF PERSONS ENTERING OR EXITING A SCHOOL BUS.

Vote Date:

3/18/2011

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable Change of Reference to Judiciary

PH Date:

2/28/2011

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Introduced by the Transportation Committee

REASONS FOR BILL:

Further protect school children entering and leaving school buses by using a camera attached to the bus to catch drivers who violate the stop sign attached to the bus.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

None

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Senator L. Scott Frantz – Provides a detection system known as Smartbus. It provides a live digital video feed that monitors all bus stops for violators passing illegally. The monitoring system also provides an automatic ticket issuance system to those captured passing a stopped school bus. Smartbus is a great concept that can help aide as a deterrent to possible violators and further protect our children loading and unloading from school buses.

Tom O'Connor, Smartbus Live - Documented OCCURRENCES of stop-arm violations and the injuries that occur because of them are widely under-reported.  A child is 3 times more likely to be killed getting on or off a school bus than riding in it.  Law enforcement is included to provide a professional JUDGMENT and determine whether or not a violation occurred.  There is no change to a ticket issued through a camera rather than directly by a police officer, it can be paid or contested by the owner of the vehicle.  In other states, bus routes with cameras have seen a decrease in the OCCURRENCE of stop arm violations

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

None

Reported by: EDWINA H. FUTTNER

Date: 3/22/2011