Pittsburgh Public Schools says AI stop arm cameras detect thousands of drivers passing school buses

Pittsburgh Public Schools officials say the district’s new school bus camera program captures hundreds of people running stop arms each day.

All PPS school buses are equipped with stop arm enforcement cameras designed to detect vehicles that illegally pass stopped school buses. The district began issuing monetary penalties to drivers who run the stop arms this July.

Michael McNamara, the district’s chief operations officer, told school board members Wednesday that there are thousands of instances of blatant violations…

PPS officials say the district captured more than 19,000 violations between April 2022 and May 2023, though no fines were issued during that time.

According to the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services, school buses in the U.S. are unlawfully passed more than 17 million times each year.

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