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Tuesday, August 31, 2021  |  Permalink

County Seeking Resident to Serve on School Bus Safety Appeals Board

Harnett County, NC — The Harnett County Board of Commissioners is seeking a Harnett County resident to serve as a member of the Administrative Appeals Board for School Bus Stop Arm Violations. The purpose of the appeals board is to hear contested citations resulting from a new safety program designed to curb school bus stop-arm violations and protect students.

Harnett County Schools and the County of Harnett have partnered with BusPatrol to implement a new safety initiative to protect students at school bus stops. This initiative started September 1, 2021.  School buses will be equipped with AI-powered stop-arm cameras that can capture the license plates of vehicles that illegally pass stopped school buses. The equipment, installation, and maintenance of the technology will be provided to Harnett County Schools at zero cost.

Each violation will be reviewed by the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office and anyone determined to have illegally passed a stopped school bus will receive a citation in the mail. The citations may be appealed to the Administrative Appeals Board for School Bus Stop Arm Violations. The appeals board will be made up of three members – one Harnett County employee, one Harnett County Schools employee, and one member of the public – who will review appeals on a monthly basis. In addition to the three appeals board members, an alternate member will be needed for each position.

To serve on the appeals board, you must meet the following criteria:

  1. Shall be a Harnett County Resident
  2. Shall be at least 18 years of age
  3. Shall possess a valid North Carolina driver’s license
  4. Shall NOT have a criminal traffic conviction in the three years prior to their appointment OR any felony conviction on their record
  5. Shall NOT be an active employee of any law enforcement agency OR be an active practicing attorney and shall NOT be a party in a lawsuit or claim against Harnett County
  6. MUST be available from (9am – 5pm) every second Wednesday of each month
  7. Prefer knowledge of traffic citations, rules, or general procedures
  8. Prefer knowledge of or experience in administrative hearings or dispute resolutions

Anyone interested in serving on the appeals board may apply online at https://www.harnett.org/boc/boards-committees.asp. Contact the Harnett County Legal Department at (910) 814-6009 with any questions.

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