The use of lengthened stop arms on Albemarle County school buses cut in half the number of motorists who passed stopped buses.
The results of the school division’s pilot program showed a 55 percent reduction on violations on the 10 buses outfitted with the extended stop arms.
The division announced in the summer that it would study the effectiveness of extended stop arms as a proactive safety measure and share the results with the Virginia Department of Education on Friday. The hope is that these findings could make extended stop arms a regular part of buses across the state, said Jim Foley, director of transportation for Albemarle schools.
County schools collected data without the stop arms from Aug. 30 to Sept. 20. Bus drivers — mostly in the urban ring along Hydraulic Road — recorded the number of times motorists passed their stopped buses.