Districts Capture Illegal-Passing Incidents on School Bus Cameras

Schools districts across the country are installing video cameras in school buses to monitor and prevent illegal passing. However, in many cases, footage recorded by these cameras cannot be used to ticket drivers who endanger children exiting the bus.

Michael Warner, associate director of fleet maintenance for the Cobb County School District, told USA Today that the district has been working with the local police department to conduct sting operations. In 2009, a kindergartener was killed by a vehicle that illegally passed the bus, prompting the district to begin installing cameras.

Similarly, Dallas County Schools are working with city officials to pass an ordinance that would allow bus footage to be used to ticket drivers. Installing the cameras led the district to discover as many as 10 violators per bus route. 

When Liberty Public Schools in Missouri had the benefit of cameras and the appropriate legislation, nearly 150 tickets were issued to violators in the first year alone.

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