Gorham Schools Add Cameras to Buses to Catch Idiots Passing While Red Lights are Flashing
The Gorham School Department has had enough.
They released a joint statement with the Gorham Police Department saying that because of so many incidents of cars passing a school bus with their red lights flashing, they took a drastic step.
The school district administration and the Gorham Police Department met with school bus drivers and heard stories of people passing their bus while the flashing red lights were on! With a super close call recently, they knew they had to do something to ensure the safety of all Gorham students. So, working closely with the police, they have added automatic stop-arm cameras to about half the buses and will get the other half installed this summer.
What this means is that starting right now, anyone who passes a Gorham School bus while the red lights are flashing will be videoed catching your license plate with a time and date. The Gorham's Transportation Department will then send it to the police who will find you and issue you a summons.
They didn't just decide to do this. They had to. This school year alone (and it's not over) they've had reports of over 50 cars not stopping for school buses...with their red flashers on! How could they not do something to stop this behavior? There are two things they are hoping to accomplish. The first is to cut down the violations. As with most bad behavior, if there is a punishment, well, that seems to work. And finally, hopefully, these cameras will make it less likely that a kid is hurt.
In the press release, they ended with a plea for everyone in Gorham...
STOP FOR SCHOOL BUSES WHEN RED LIGHTS ARE FLASHING.