Dear Parents and Community Members,
Every school day in the United States, more than 70,000 motorists illegally pass school buses as they stop to let students on and off. This behavior endangers the lives of children, some of whom are no bigger than the backpacks they carry.
Marysville School District and the City of Marysville have teamed up to solve this issue by adopting a new technology to help our community address this growing problem and keep your children safe.
School buses in Marysville will now feature the CrossingGuard® school bus stop arm safety solution, which mounts purpose-built cameras on the side of each school bus. When the stop arm is deployed, the camera automatically detects a vehicle illegally passing the stop arm in either direction and captures video of the violation and still images of a vehicle‘s license plate. The violation video and license plate images are reviewed by the Marysville Police Department for approval prior to a citation being issued.
Our school bus safety camera program will begin on March 15. To help drivers get accustomed to this new technology, there will be a 30-day grace period where violators will receive a warning. After 30 days, fines will be issued. Tour this webpage for more information about school bus safety arm enforcement and other traffic safety issues.
By leveraging technology, we now have a proven solution to keep your children safe, because one child injured is one too many.
Let’s work together to encourage motorists in our community to obey the law and protect our children.
Dr. Becky Berg
Marysville Public Schools