One of the nation’s largest school districts to outfit 100 school buses with the Student Guardian solution by Labor Day
ATLANTA – (July 31, 2013) – In an effort to improve student safety at school bus stops, Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) in Georgia is introducing an automated stop-arm enforcement program utilizing Redflex Student Guardian®, a safety camera system that monitors and detects drivers who illegally pass school buses, endangering the lives of children as they enter and exit the bus.
GCPS plans to initiate the program with the installation of 100 school buses by Labor Day. It expects to outfit up to 40 percent of its school bus fleet later in the school year.
Located in the Atlanta metro area, GCPS is the largest school district in Georgia and the 12th largest nationwide. With 1,900 school buses, it has one of the largest school bus fleets in the country, transporting more than 126,000 students twice a day. It’s the second largest student transporter in the nation after New York City.
The Student Guardian safety camera system consists of a single enclosure installed approximately six feet behind the stop-arm, monitoring traffic in both directions. The system is activated when the bus’ stop arm and amber lights are displayed, and children are entering or exiting the bus. Since the technology is automated, the bus driver is free to focus on students. Evidence of potential violations, including video and photos, is submitted to local law enforcement to determine whether a citation is warranted.
“GCPS had many options for a stop-arm enforcement provider. We’re very excited and honored to be selected. The Student Guardian program is already operating in five Georgia school districts, with another 66 programs operating throughout the United States. We are confident the program will serve as a deterrent in Gwinnett County, thereby increasing safety for local students,” said Thomas O’Connor, president of Redflex Student Guardian.
Student Guardian has been developed by Redflex Traffic Systems®, Inc., a leading provider of road safety technologies and photo enforcement solutions throughout North America. GCPS has an agreement with Redflex to operate Student Guardian without any upfront costs to the district, city or state. The program is fully funded by violations.
“Redflex Traffic Systems is focused on developing top-of-the-line public safety technology. We are proud that Gwinnett County Public Schools selected the Student Guardian solution to detect and deter drivers from illegally passing school buses – an unfortunately all-too-common driving behavior,” said Jim Saunders, chief executive officer of Redflex Traffic Systems.
According to a 2012 study by the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services, bus drivers on about 100,000 buses in 28 states reported more than 88,000 illegal passes in one day, representing more than 16 million illegal passes throughout the school year.
The use of automated stop-arm enforcement to combat illegal passing is currently enabled in eight states. Additional legislatures are considering enablement.
To learn more about Student Guardian, visit www.RedflexStudentGuardian.com.
About Redflex Traffic Systems®, Inc.
Redflex Traffic Systems®, Inc. a leader in road safety technology, operates more than 2,000 photo enforcement systems in more than 220 cities throughout the United States and Canada. With continuous development of new safety products, Redflex has been helping to reduce collisions and save lives for the past 25 years. For more information, visit www.redflex.com.