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1. The program is preparing a comprehensive training manual
for dissemination to other agencies in the state so that they may take over the arrest and prosecution of stop–arm violators within their jurisdiction.
2. Although prior to this program a majority of cases prosecuted resulted in a conviction for a reduced charge or a dismissal of charges, cases tracked through this program resulted in a conviction for the stop–arm violation charge. This was achieved through the diligent work of the State’s Attorneys, the conviction of the stop–arm judge, and the dedication of the bus drivers.
3. Possibly the most impressive and important result of this
program is the renewed interest of the bus drivers in reporting
violations. The program has increased enthusiasm and the word
of its success has spread to other school districts, transportation
companies, and police departments.
Awareness and Education
1. Education teaches more than citations do.
2. People read the papers and react to the media releases.
3. Business owners are happy to assist the community if you simply ask them.
4. To have a successful media event, someone skilled in dealing with the media must be present.
5. Message boards are not welcome in some towns and, where they are, many rules apply.
6. Planning is critical; don’t wait to the last minute or your
efforts will flop.
1. Stationary patrols in unmarked cars at hot spots can be an effective means of identifying violators.
2. While a marked squad car is effective, any witness vehicle will deter stop–arm violators.
3. On–site arrests reduce the number of witnesses required at court, making prosecution easier.