Frustration expressed over red light violations
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.