City of Socorro approves ticketing bus stop-arm violators caught on SISD bus cameras

In line with the Socorro Independent School District’s initiative to make streets safer for students with the use of cameras on school buses, the City of Socorro has approved ticketing and fines to be issued to drivers who ignore bus stop-arms.

Every SISD school bus has been equipped with a camera system to catch bus stop-arm violators. Effective January 5, 2016, drivers in the City of Socorro who pass the bus stop-arms will be ticketed for the offense. They will be issued a $300 citation. Currently, SISD is working on agreements for ticketing and fines with the City of El Paso and Horizon City.

“Our top priority is to keep all students and staff safe in Team SISD,” said Dr. José Espinoza, SISD Superintendent. “We greatly appreciate the collaboration of local law enforcement and governments in our safety efforts at our schools and surrounding neighborhoods.”

Team SISD tested the bus camera system on 10 of the district’s school buses in the 2014 spring semester. The SISD Board of Trustees approved the contract for the districtwide state-of-the-art camera system at the December 2014 board meeting and then approved a resolution in support of the districtwide camera system at the January 2015 board meeting.

SISD transports about 12,000 students daily to and from schools districtwide.

“This state-of-the art bus surveillance system will ensure we keep our streets safe for children and adults. We are doing everything possible to create a safe and secure learning environment throughout the entire day and before and after school,” Espinoza said.

A national news story released earlier this year reported the Department of Transportation says 23 million children ride a school bus every day and according to the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Information Services, vehicles pass stopped school buses more than 70,000 times a day, even though passing one with its lights flashing is illegal in all 50 states.

Author: Socorro ISD