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S.A.V.E. Campaign

Stop Arm Violation Enforcement - Education

S.A.V.E

The South Carolina Association for Pupil Transportation encourages all transportation personnel to contact their local officials and support this important issue.

FACTS:

 

 

14 children KILLED in last 40 years due to stop arm violations in S.C.

 

26 children INJURED in last 40 years due to stop arm violations in S. C.

 

82 stop arm violations in one month in a single school district in S.C.

An estimated 16 MILLION violations occur each year in the U. S. (nasdpts.org)

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The Stop Arm Violation bill was signed on June 9, 2014.  Now we will shift our focus to educate the public on the rules regarding passing a stop school bus. Thank you for all your support.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina

Signed: June 9, 2014 by Governor Hailey

 

SECTION    2.    Section 56-5-2770(D) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"(D)(1)    A school bus must be equipped with red and amber visual signals meeting the requirements of State Department of Education Regulations and Specifications Pertaining to School Buses, which must be actuated by the driver whenever the bus is stopped or preparing to stop on the highway for the purpose of receiving or discharging school children. A driver must not actuate the special visual signals when the bus is in designated school bus loading or off-loading areas if the bus is off the roadway entirely.

(2)    A school bus may be equipped with a digital video recording device mounted on the school bus with a clear view of vehicles passing the bus on either side and showing the date and time the recording was made and an electronic symbol showing the activation of amber lights, flashing red lights, stop arms, and brakes. Digital video recording devices mounted on school buses must be procured in compliance with Chapter 11, Title 35 or a procurement code adopted by the political subdivision procuring the digital video recording device in compliance with Section 11-35-50."

 

SECTION    3.  Article 21, Chapter 5, Title 56 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 56-5-2773.    (A)    A uniform traffic citation alleging the violation of Section56-5-2770 may be issued based in whole or in part upon images obtained from a digital video recording device mounted on a school bus. A copy of the citation must be given directly to the alleged offender by the law enforcement officer issuing the citation.

(B)    Digital images obtained from a digital video recording device mounted on a school bus pursuant to Section 56-5-2770(D) may be used as evidence at any hearing related to a violation of Section 56-5-2770 to corroborate testimony by the school bus driver or any other person who witnessed the offense."


 

SECTION 56-5-2780. Penalties for unlawfully passing a stopped school bus. 

(A) A driver of a vehicle violating Section 56-5-2770 (A) or (C) is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, entry of a plea of guilty or nolo contendere, or forfeiture of bail for a first offense must be fined not less than five hundred dollars or imprisoned not more than thirty days. In lieu of imprisonment, the court may require that the individual complete an appropriate term of community service of not fewer than ten days upon terms and conditions the court considers proper. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a first offense for a violation of Section 56-5-2770 (A) or (C) may be tried in magistrate's court. Upon conviction, entry of a plea of guilty or nolo contendere, or forfeiture of bail for a second or subsequent violation of Section 56-5-2770 (A) or (C), a person is guilty of a misdemeanor and must be fined not less than two thousand dollars or more than five thousand dollars or imprisoned for not fewer than thirty days and not more than sixty days.