States deciding on school buses with stop sign traffic cameras

By Jeff Tavss - Executive Producer

RALEIGH, N.C. - Another state is considering adding cameras on school buses to identify vehicles that ignore stop signals and endanger the lives of students.

WRAL reports the North Carolina state legislature may soon vote on a bill that would allow counties to adopt penalties for violators identified by bus cameras.

The cameras would operate like red light cameras posted at traffic intersections. The cameras would gather the license numbers of those who race past school buses and citations would be sent to drivers.

In Florida, motorists in both directions are required to come to a stop when a school bus displays its stop signal on a two-way street or road that is not divided by a raised-barrier median.

Last year, the Orlando Sentinel reported that there were over 9,300 illegal school bus passings in Florida on a single day.

A bill to attempt to implement school bus cameras in Florida died in the House in 2015.

In 2016, CBS News reported at least 15 states allow the school bus cameras.

Fines in North Carolina, where seven children have been killed by drivers failing to stop for buses since 2009, would range from $400 for first time offenders to $1,000 for each offense after a second.

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