Smart cameras installed on all school buses in Mattawa to stop aggressive drivers
Technology installed with help of Ranger family and the Let's Remember Adam Campaign
All school buses in Mattawa, Ont., have been equipped with smart cameras to ticket motorists who pass a school bus when it is stopped and has its lights flashing.
The cameras were installed due to the efforts of the Let's Remember Adam Campaign.
Five-year old Adam Ranger was killed 21 years ago when a truck struck him as he was getting off his school bus, in front of his home in the town.
The driver was convicted of manslaughter and criminal negligence causing death.
The Ranger family has since taken up the campaign to encourage people to stop for school buses.
"So there's basically a 360 [degree] view camera around the bus and a stop arm camera that shoots multiple pictures and video," says Pierre Ranger, Adam's older brother.
He explains that the camera is turned on as the stop arm on the bus comes out. Plus there are cameras situated around the bus to capture all angles.
"If people decide to break the law and not stop for the school bus they will be charged, there will be lots of evidence against them to prove they did it," he added.
Once pictures and video are taken from the various cameras on the bus, those are then transferred to cloud storage. The bus company sends a message to police, and officers are able to access the photo evidence to determine if fines or charges will be issued.
Ranger feels the smart cameras on the buses will help change driver behaviour.
"Drivers will pay more attention to those school buses because it is going to hit them right in their pocket book," he said.
The fine for passing a school bus with its lights flashing is $450. That amount could be higher if police decide to lay further fines or charges.
"It's going to improve safety tremendously around buses and it is time, school buses haven't changed in years,"Ranger said.
Ranger hopes other municipalities will adopt the smart camera technology.
January 12 would have been Adam Ranger's 26th birthday.