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Council President Valerie Ervin Proposes Cameras on School Buses

More than 400 children have been killed nationwide by cars who don't yield to stopped school buses, according to a transportation study.

(D-Dist.5) proposed legislation Tuesday that would use external cameras on county school buses to fine drivers who don't stop for children getting on or off the bus.

A public hearing on the measure is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 24. 2012.

Bill 37-11—also sponsored by Council Vice President Roger Berliner (D-Dist. 1), Councilmembers Phil Andrews (D-Dist. 3) and Craig L. Rice (D-Dist. 2)—would outfit many of the 1,264 county school buses with the technology to catch offending drivers, according to a Washington Post Report.

The technology placed on the school buses would operate similar to a speed camera, by capturing a photo of the violator’s license and issuing a citation with a maximum fine of $250.

Previously, regulation depended on school bus drivers or police officers to identify drivers who break the law. Only then would drivers face a maximum penalty of $1,000 and three points on their driver’s license, according to the report. But often only a warning letter is sent out.

Initially, the county would be responsible for purchasing and installing the cameras, according to the proposed bill.

The costs of the program and timeframe hasn't been determined.

jag November 30, 2011 at 06:34 PM
Makes sense. Save kids lives and the cameras would pay for themselves in short order. In the mid/long term the number of infractions would (hopefully) fall off as people who don't care about whether they kill a kid or not will at least care about losing $$.

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