FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Fort Wayne Community Schools has a new tool to help catch drivers who don't stop for school buses.
“Over 200 stop-arm violations occur in Allen County on a daily basis￼," says FWCS Transportation Director Frank Jackson.
Fort Wayne Community Schools equipped 29 school buses with stop-arm cameras for the 2020-21 school year in an effort to reduce the number of stop-arm violations.
The camera recognizes the driver and the license plate number as the vehicle approaches the school bus.
"Our goal is to have the police department investigate to determine who that vehicle belongs to and then begin to address that person," says Jackson.
Local law enforcement agencies are beginning a special enforcement campaign this week, focused on stop-arm violations.
This follows last year's initiative between FWCS and neighboring county schools that participated in the public service campaign, 'Slow. Stop. Stay.' urging drivers to respect stop-arms and understand the dangers involved if they choose to ignore them.
The campaign provoked much local parent involvement after a Rochester stop-arm violation turned fatal in October 2018.
"The Fort Wayne Police Department would like to remind all drivers that with schools starting back this week, we would like you to please look out for all our kids," says Sergeant Sofia Rosales-Scatena of the Fort Wayne Police Department.
Jackson says while roughly 10% of the FWCS fleet currently has cameras, they plan to add more each year.
For a list of common local stop-arm violation locations, see below.