Stop-Arm Camera Study: ‘Russian roulette’ with kids lives

Stop-Arm Camera Study: ‘Russian roulette’ with kids lives

A Stop-Arm Camera Study found that drivers illegally passed school buses over 30,000 times per day.

What is a Stop-Arm Camera Study?


A Stop-Arm Camera Study observes and analyzes data collected from cameras installed on school buses. Firstly, the school bus stop-arm lights flash, the stop sign (stop-arm) extends. Secondly, the event triggers a video recording. Furthermore, police watch the video to determine if drivers break the law by passing the school bus.

What were the results of the Stop-Arm Camera Study?


The government authorized the installation of stop-arm cameras on 13 school buses in eight cities. The school bus camera study began in mid March 2018 and ran for 45 days. The study revealed that drivers pass a deployed stop arm up to 3.8 times per day. Similarly, Robert Rego, the vice-president of BusPatrol described it as a “ game of Russian roulette.” Consequently, drivers commit violations daily that put the lives of children in danger.

Robert Rego, vice-president of Bus Patrol, thinks drivers are ignoring buses' stop-arms because they are distracted. (CBC)

Watch this video below produced by CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation). This study was the first of its kind in Québec, a province in Canada that borders Maine, Vermont and New York State.