Crossing Guard Stop Arm Program Goes Live in St. Mary’s County

May 30, 2014

school-busAs of May 1, 2014, the Crossing Guard Stop Arm Program is live.

Camera’s installed on school buses have started to capture images of motorist 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 Crossing Guard School Bus Stop Arm Enforcement System.

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

15 Responses to Crossing Guard Stop Arm Program Goes Live in St. Mary’s County

  1. Anonymous on May 2, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    The commissioners of this county can go screw themselves!

    • Jay on May 2, 2014 at 3:49 pm

      Hmmmm, been busted lately?

    • Anonymous on May 2, 2014 at 5:47 pm


  2. jo mama on May 2, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    This is way overdue. If the driver can be identified through the pics, it should be 3 pts & the heavier fine. See too many idiots blow right through school bus red light stops.

  3. UGH on May 2, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    apparently “anonymous” above doesnt have small children whom he/she wants run over by recklace and irresponsible drivers!!! They should impose fines for stupidity

  4. redcloud on May 2, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    Anonymous probably has never seen a child get hit by some moron that failed to stop for the flashing red lights. It happens all too often. Several years ago I witnessed a girl get hit by that moron that ran the lights, she was thrown 75 ft. in the air and did not survive. It was around thanksgiving time, so her parents probably hate thanksgiving. So all I can say to anonymous is, if you are one of the many impatient drivers around here that hate to stop for a school bus, run the lights so a leo can witness it so you can receive the $570/3 points ticket

    • anonymous on May 2, 2014 at 11:36 pm

      75 feet in the air huh? Interesting.

  5. yourdaddy on May 2, 2014 at 11:58 pm

    Not saying the cameras are bad but could be the start of more cameras thoughout the county.

    Also when our county starts relying on this as income and stops budgeting the county will go to s#!t.

  6. cecil on May 30, 2014 at 8:21 am

    Maybe the Superintendent can use these funds to balance his budget? Suspicious timing!

  7. Eric on May 30, 2014 at 8:31 am

    It’s always parents’ job to protect their children. Don’t pass that responsibility to us.

    • Anonymous on May 30, 2014 at 9:42 am

      It is true it is the parents responsibility but it is also against the law to pass a stopped school bus with its lights on. My problem would be false positives but it sounds like that is taken care of by including the stop arm in the video which means the lights are on. Here is the best idea I have herd all day, if you don’t want a ticket then don’t pass a stopped school bus.

      • Eric on May 30, 2014 at 11:33 am

        I agree with you but again it’s parents’ job. It seesm everyone likes to shift the parents’ responsibilities to us, especially with the welfare queens and liberals.

  8. bill on May 30, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    redcloud, where was that? To the best of my knowledge, there has not been a child harmed in St Marys like that in the 20 years I have been here. My question is about how the funding of this works. It was stated the vendor keeps all the money until the system is paid off. After that wasn’t mentioned.

  9. Anonymous on May 30, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    $125.00 fine for endangering a child’s life… but $1,500.00 for littering??? Where the sense here???

  10. Brandy on May 31, 2014 at 10:28 am

    So Eric, what would you suggest these parents do they they aren’t doing already? Go stand in the incoming traffic lane once the bus has stopped to make sure the other cars stop?