August 17, 2012

Xerox to shield Md. pupils from bad drivers

Norwalk imaging and data-services vendor Xerox Corp. won a contract to install cameras on 40 Maryland school buses that local police will use to ticket motorists who pass illegally while the buses are loading and unloading pupils, authorities say.

Xerox will provide its CrossSafe brand technology and maintain the program in Frederick County, Md., under a five-year competitively bid contract whose terms were not disclosed.

Frederick County is the first county in Maryland to install enforcement systems on school buses, Xerox said.

The system is due to be up and running by yearend.

Once in use, the Frederick County Sheriff's Office will review and verify all violations recorded by the cameras before they are issued.

According to Xerox, the Maryland Department of Education conducted a survey in 2011, and found 7,000 cases of drivers illegally passing school buses in a single day.

In Frederick County, violators who pass a school bus with its stop arm displayed can be fined up to $250, but will not have any points added to their license.

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