Comedy Driving Inc Announces that Dallas Busses Gain Red-Light Cameras

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With kids just getting back to school in the Dallas County area they are a little safer thanks to a new device installed on every bus. The device is composed of multiple cameras that activate and record whenever the bus activates its red stoplights and stop signs. Drivers who fail to obey the bus lights will receive a ticket in the mail for $300 along with the photographic evidence of the violation.

Like red-light cameras at intersection, bus cameras have brought about a debate on whether the cameras actually reduce incidents or just increase the amount of revenue brought in to Dallas County. The debate has fewer people against the measure though because it involves child safety.

This new bus safety initiative may result in a need for drivers to refresh their bus right of way rules. Comedy Driving has compiled a list common of right-of-way bus situations.

When a bus is on the other side of a physical barrier, such as a median or grassy island, only the drivers on the same side, as the bus must stop. Construction cones are not physical barriers though so the roadway should be treated as if there was no barrier when a bus stops.

If a bus turns on its red lights on a roadway with no barrier both sides of the roadway must stop. This rule applies regardless of how many lanes exist between the driver and the bus. All lanes around the bus must stop as well no matter if the bus is in the far left or right lane because a child may have to cross the roadway.

Sometimes bus drivers may usher drivers around the bus if a pickup is taking longer than expected in those cases exercise extreme caution and make sure to confirm the bus driver’s intentions before proceeding. Hand signals can be mistaken and that could result in a costly ticket for running the red lights of a school bus.

Several other school districts across Texas are installing red-light cameras on their buses as well because there is often support for such safety around children. Children often make mistakes on the roadway and adults should be careful enough around buses to understand this danger. Red flashing lights and stop signs may not be enough to keep drivers from noticing a school bus but a $300 ticket and video evidence may open some eyes to this eminent safety risk.

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