Gorham adds cameras to the sides of the school buses

Automatic cameras are added next to all the buses to the school in Gorham. So far, the county has added the cameras to half of their fleet. In a joint statement, Heather Perry and Gorham Police Chief Christopher Sanbourne said that in the current school year there were more than 50 reports of vehicles passing school buses stopped with flashing red lights. A law to stop for a school bus that stopped with flashing red lights. The penalty for a first offense is a fine of $ 250 and a 30-day license revocation for a second offense within a period of 3 years. “If there were more severe penalties then people might think a little differently when they drive on the road and make sure they follow the rules,” Sanborn said. School and police officials met with bus drivers last fall to talk about what drivers used in that meeting to promote new safety measures. Automatic stop cameras are now installed. Many buses are already equipped. Perry and Sunburn said Tuesday that starting immediately, these cameras will record the license plates of all vehicles passing buses that have stopped. This video will be signed in time and shared with the police who will work to summon the driver. Perry and Sunburn say the decision to add the cameras was not easily made head on, but they should take steps to protect the children. Hopefully the new technology will help reduce the number of violations and prevent any serious accidents. Earlier this month an agitated driver was summoned for passing a school bus that stopped at Standish and nearly hit a child getting off. Gorham’s transport director, Norm Tzedek, says, “There’s a lot of distracted driving out there and that was a national problem. I hope instead people will start paying a little more attention,” she added, “we’re talking about child safety.”

Automatic cameras are added next to all the buses to the school in Gorham. So far, the county has added the cameras to half of their fleet.

In a joint statement, Heather Perry and Gorham Police Chief Christopher Sanbourne said that in the current school year there were more than 50 reports of vehicles passing school buses stopped with flashing red lights.

A law to stop for a school bus that stopped with flashing red lights. The penalty for a first offense is a fine of $ 250 and a 30-day license revocation for a second offense within a period of 3 years.

“If there were more severe penalties then people might think a little differently when they drive on the road and make sure they follow the rules,” Sanborn said.

School and police officials met with bus drivers last fall to talk about what was happening. Drivers used this session to support new safety measures.

Automatic stop cameras are now installed. Many buses are already equipped.

Perry and Sunburn said Tuesday that starting immediately, these cameras will record the license plates of any vehicles that pass buses that have stopped. This video will be stamped with a timestamp and will be shared with the police who will work to summon the driver.

Perry and Sunburn say the decision to add the cameras was not easily made head on, but that they should take steps to protect the children. They hope the new technology will help reduce the number of violations and prevent serious accidents.

Earlier this month, a driver was summoned for driving past a school bus that stopped at Standish and nearly hit a child getting off.

Gorham’s transport director, Norm Justice, says, “There’s a lot of distracted driving out there and that was a national issue. I hope instead people will start paying a little more attention,” she added, “we’re talking about child safety.”

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