Baltimore Attorney Urges Harford County to Stop Delaying Mounting Traffic Cameras on School Buses

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Steven H. Heisler, who represents pedestrian accident victims of negligent drivers, says the Harford County, Maryland, sheriff should install traffic cameras on school buses as was originally planned in order to better protect our children.

Baltimore, MD Injury Attorney, Steven H. Heisler

Baltimore, MD Injury Attorney, Steven H. Heisler

The school bus traffic cameras are one way to thrust the message home that we have no tolerance for those who would illegally pass stopped school buses, risking injuring or killing our children.

Maryland vehicular accident lawyer Steven H. Heisler commented today on the delay surrounding the installation of traffic cameras on Harford County school buses. The cameras would be installed on the exterior of the buses and are meant to catch motorists who break the law when they don't yield to a stopped school bus, working the same way that red-light and speed-enforcement cameras do. Not yielding to a stopped school bus would cause a camera to record the traffic violation and generate a ticket, which would then be sent to the owner of the vehicle.

Regarding a similar program in a nearby Maryland county, Heisler noted, “The Washington Post reported on October 14, 2014, that in Montgomery County during ten months, drivers received 825 citations because school bus cameras caught them illegally passing stopped buses. Such reckless driving greatly endangers children as they head to school and then to their homes. It’s great that the cameras are catching the scofflaws, but it's distressing that there have been so many motorists disregarding the safety of our children.”

Heisler went on to add, “Harford County already uses red-light cameras. Back on October 31, 2014, former sheriff Jesse Bane told The Baltimore Sun that he looked forward to implementing the school bus traffic cameras, and noted that the technology would cost the county nothing. However, a July 15, 2015 Baltimore Sun article indicates the new sheriff, Jeff Gahler, wants to further assess both the technology and the cost involved. To date, the cameras have not been installed as planned, and our children are still unprotected.”

Because of a number of instances in which children have been hurt or killed by those who ignore the law, and because of a growing public outcry against those who illegally pass school buses, at least 13 states have passed laws that allow the use of cameras to catch the lawbreaking drivers. Several more states have considered or are considering similar laws.

Heisler added, “The safety of our children should be paramount, and enforcing long-standing laws that help keep them safe is critically important. The school bus traffic cameras are one way to thrust the message home that we have no tolerance for those who would illegally pass stopped school buses, risking injuring or killing our children.”

About Steven H. Heisler, The Injury Lawyer

Since his graduation from the University of Baltimore Law School in 1988, Steven H. Heisler has focused on making a difference for those who have suffered an injury in Maryland. For more information, please visit http://www.theinjurylawyermd.com/.

Steven H. Heisler, Esq.

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