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CrossingGuard Stop-Arm Program Goes Live in St. Mary’s County PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 02 May 2014 12:59

As of May 1, 2014, the CrossingGuard Stop Arm Program is live. Cameras installed on school buses have started to capture images of motorists passing stopped school buses that have their flashing red lights activated while boarding and discharging children.

All captured violations will be reviewed for confirmation and the appropriate citation will be electronically issued. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office partnered with the St. Mary’s County Public Schools Transportation Division in contracting American Traffic Solutions to implement the CrossingGuard School Bus Stop Arm Enforcement System.

This is how the system works:

  1. When a school bus stops, activates it’s flashing red lights and extends its stop arm, the system automatically detects a vehicle passing the stopped school bus within the enforced zone.
  2. When a vehicle passes the school bus, the camera captures images showing the violating vehicle.
  3. The violation images include not only the violating vehicle as it passes the school bus, but also the vehicle’s license plate and the school bus’s extended stop arm.
  4. Violation data and images are wirelessly uploaded to a processing system via a secured network.
  5. A final review of the violation image and video is conducted by law enforcement personnel, who either approve or reject the violation.
  6. If law enforcement approves the violation, a civil citation with a fine of $125.00 is issued and mailed to the vehicle’s registered owner.

When the stop-arm infraction violator is observed by the camera it is a civil violation and payment of the penalty amount will not result in points being assessed by MVA and cannot be used to increase insurance rates. The civil violation is much less severe than when a stop arm violator is cited by a police officer which would result in a $570.00 fine and (3) point violation.

Any questions should be directed to Sgt. Michael Butler of the Special Operations Division Traffic Safety Unit at 301.475. 4200 ext. 9006 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Last Updated on Friday, 02 May 2014 13:03