Bridgeport records nearly 10,000 drivers illegally passing school buses during a 6-month period

Officials say the violations were captured through the city's school bus camera safety program.

Rose Shannon

Feb 15, 2024, 10:20 PM

Updated 153 days ago

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Bridgeport officials say during the first 6 months of the school year, nearly 10,000 drivers have illegally passed a stopped school bus.
Officials say the violations were captured through the city's school bus camera safety program.
A total of 74 school buses equipped with stop-arm cameras recorded 9,860 vehicles illegally passing school buses that were either stopped to pick up or drop off children.
The city says that's 75 violations every school day.
The bus stop with the highest number of violations was in the 100 block of Logan Street, with 1,671 violations.
Officials say that is triple the next hotspot, which is the 100 block of Davenport Street with 566 violations.
In Connecticut, the Stop Arm Law prohibits a vehicle from overtaking or passing a stopped school bus displaying its flashing red signal lights and drivers must stop at least 10 feet away from the bus.
In August 2022, Bridgeport started its safety program to detect drivers and help police enforce the state's stop arm law.
All footage recorded is review by Bridgeport police, who use their discretion to approve or disapprove a stop-arm violation.
However, city officials say a technicality in the law prevents the city from better enforcing the state law.
By making their data publicly available, officials encourage lawmakers to pass legislation that would allow municipalities to impose fines on drivers
They argue this would "empower the city, along with other local jurisdictions, to leverage automated enforcement technology to vastly improve the ability for the Bridgeport Police Department to capture stop-arm violations where they occur, deter violators, and change driver behavior."


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