Illegal Passing: Real–Life Successes

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Pulaski County (Arkansas)


There are 310 school districts in the state of Arkansas. Three of the largest districts are in Pulaski County, the county that includes Little Rock. Through court–ordered desegregation, a system of magnet schools was established, requiring a large number of students to be bused every day. The routes are predominantly urban.

The state was given the responsibility for providing transportation to the magnet schools within the three school districts. This meant purchasing school buses. When specifications were drawn up for the new buses, the Coordinator for School Transportation decided to request three stoparms, two on the left side of the bus – one in the front and one in the rear – and one on the right side in the rear. They are all activated at the same time.

Lessons Learned

No formal data have been collected on the effectiveness of the three stop arms but anecdotal data seem to indicate that this configuration is working. Transportation supervisors have not had complaints about illegal passing from the drivers of buses 
equipped with three stop arms.

Future Plans

Pulaski County will continue to purchase new buses with three stop arms.


Mike Simmons
Coordinator for School Transportation
Arkansas Department of Education
#3 Capitol Mall, Room 209D
Little Rock, Arkansas
Fax: 501–682–6308


Best Practices Guide: Reducing the Illegal Passing of School Buses