Frus­tra­tion ex­pressed over red light vi­o­la­tions

Tri-County Vanguard - - NEWS - BY TINA COMEAU TRI­COUNTY VAN­GUARD

The di­rec­tor of op­er­a­tions for the Tri-County Re­gional School Board ex­pressed ex­treme frus­tra­tion in up­dat­ing board mem­bers on how many red light vi­o­la­tions there were in the first month of this school year.

Steve Stod­dart said in Sep­tem­ber there were 25 in­stances in the tri-coun­ties of ve­hi­cles not stop­ping when school buses had their red lights and emer­gency equip­ment ac­ti­vated as stu­dents were get­ting on or off buses.

That’s down from Sep­tem­ber 2016 when the num­ber was 32, but it’s still on par with the years 2015 and 2014 de­spite re­peated ef­forts to get the mes­sage out to the public.

“I can’t over­state how dis­ap­pointed I am,” said Stod­dart. “It’s ex­tremely frus­trat­ing when you know the con­se­quences of what can hap­pen.”

He told board mem­bers he’s hear­ing re­ports from some bus driv­ers of mo­torists speed­ing up when they see the yel­low lights in or­der to “beat the red.”

The school board has in­stalled cam­eras on buses dur­ing the past cou­ple of years to try and se­cure con­vic­tions if charges are laid since the iden­tity of driv­ers – as op­posed to just a li­cence plate – is a key fac­tor, the courts have said. He said they are in­creas­ing the num­ber of cam­eras on their buses.

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