Oct 262015

City Councilman Jared Brossett

City Councilman Jared Brossett

Individual charter schools in New Orleans could soon be allowed to install traffic-enforcement cameras on school buses, according to a proposal pending before the City Council.

City Councilman Jared Brossett said a law passed in 2010 allows the New Orleans Police Department to contract with three entities — the Recovery School District, the Orleans Parish School Board, and Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education — to put traffic cameras on their buses for bus stop sign enforcement.

The proposed amendment would allow for individual charter groups to enter into their own contracts individually, Brossett said at a recent meeting of the council’s transportation committee.

“Because the bus contracts are held by the charter organizations, it’s opening it up for that to be contracted directly,” said Tracy Mercadel, executive director of site services of the Algiers Charter School Association, said.

Mercadel said the contracts will still be overseen by NOPD.

“It still has to be managed by the city with the New Orleans Police Department so it’s nothing changing. It’s just opening an opportunity for the charter groups,” Mercadel said.

Councilman Jason Williams said that he supports the amendment and referred to other parishes that have already implemented it.

“It’s being executed in Jefferson Parish and some other parishes as well with great success,” Williams said. “I think it only makes the protection of our children more robust and so I’m definitely in support of this.”

Brossett said that he believes it will provide more safety for children riding the school buses.

“We definitely want our children to be safe disembarking school buses and glad that we can put this forth to the full council,” Brossett said.

With the unanimous Transportation Committee vote, the amendment will be brought forth to full City Council for a final decision.

  2 Responses to “Charter schools could be allowed to install traffic cameras on buses”

  1. Bus scameras are not really about safety. It is using “safety” as an excuse to set up a cash scam.

    If one were to pull the communication between the camera vendor and the charter they would discover that MONEY, NOT safety, is what this is really about.

    Here are some known bus camera abuses.

    Median scam: http://www.turnto10.com/story/21110796/i-team-questionable-traffic-tickets
    Quote: “But he admits up until our report aired, and defense attorney started protesting, hundreds if not thousands of tickets had been issued to motorists on the northbound lane of Cahir Street when they shouldn’t have been ticketed.”

    distance scam http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/24/2436.asp Quote: “When the machine detects a vehicle moving within 50 feet of the bus a second after the bus driver activates a red flashing light, then the vendor will mail a $300 ticket to that car’s owner.”

    The vendors even require “violations” too. . http://www.turnto10.com/story/21106236/i-team-who-benefits-from-school-bus-cameras
    “The NBC 10 I-Team obtained the service contracts between SmartBus Live and the city of Providence and the town of Johnston.
    In both contracts, SmartBus Live requires regular business reviews with the towns to “consider opportunities for future improvement and revenue enhancement.”
    And, under its contract with Johnston, SmartBus Live can review the “viability” of each bus route and it requires at least two tickets to be generated each day by buses equipped with its cameras or else the company will put the camera on another bus route.
    “We will rotate the routes. If you put a system on a route that’s not getting violations, again, with our hardware costs and the fact we haven’t made a dollar yet, we will move it to other routes that may have an issue. That’s what we’re doing,” O’Connor said.”

    Also expect grace periods to be non existent. This occurred recently in Georgia where if someone was next to a bus with yellow, they were still “cited” because there was no grace period. http://www.myajc.com/news/news/local-education/drivers-see-red-over-gwinnett-school-bus-camera-ti/nnnsX/

    Most “violations” typically are more confusion on multilane highways where if there is a median it is legal to in the opposite direction not stop, but if a paved 5 foot strip it is not, even though kids would not be crossing against 5 lanes of traffic.

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  2. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does a report every year covering a 10 year period. Averaging the last six reports, only 28% of the under age 19 pedestrian deaths in School Transportation-Related Crashes are caused by passing cars. The vast majority, 72%, are caused by the SCHOOL BUS.

    If every school bus nationwide had a camera and if they very optimistically prevented half the deaths, the cameras would prevent one death in an average state only once in every 28 years. The chances a death would be prevented in any one school or school district are infinitesimal.

    Stop arm cameras are a money grab scam pushed by the for-profit camera companies to replace revenue from the red light camera programs being ended nationwide due to public backlash. No one should support the scam.

    James C. Walker, Life Member – National Motorists Association

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