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Thu April 14, 2011
Cameras to Record Drivers Who Pass School Buses
The Department of Public Instruction will put cameras on school buses to identify drivers who don't stop when children are getting on or off the bus. State law requires drivers to stop when a school bus has its "stop arm" out. The pilot program will help identify the license plates and drivers of vehicles that fail to stop. DPI Transportation Services chief Derek Graham says the cameras will help law enforcement catch "stop arm" violators.
Derek Graham: "Recently, or last year as a matter of fact, the law was changed to specifically acknowledge that video evidence can be used to prosecute stop arm violators."
School bus drivers report more than 2-thousand drivers passed stopped buses during an annual one day count in 2008. Nine children have been killed by motorists who didn't stop for school buses since 1998.