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Cameras Could be Installed on School Bus Stop Arms PDF Print
Written by Adam Hicks   
Thursday, 09 April 2009 10:46

A bill that would allow school districts to install cameras on the stop arms of school buses passed in the North Carolina House Wednesday.


Lawmakers hope this new legislation would help prosecute drivers who pass school buses while school children are entering or exiting the bus.


Terry Gunnell-Beck, a bus driver for Watauga County Schools, said he would be willing to bet every day at least one bus in Watauga County is passed while it is loading or unloading students.


Gunnell-Beck said if the new bill becomes law, it would help school bus drivers who already have several responsibilities with the children.


Gunnell-Beck explained, “We can take down the tag numbers and report it to the police, but it’s hard to get a description when you’ve got so much on your mind, like the safety of the kids.”


Gunnell-Beck said cameras would also help law enforcement prosecute drivers who pass a stopped school bus.


Gunnell-Beck explained, “Cameras would be great because they can’t come back and say, ‘I didn’t see you stop,’ or, ‘That wasn’t me driving.’  It would be a perfect way to prove which vehicle it was and also who was driving.”


According to the Associated Press, the legislation passed with a unanimous 115-0 vote in the State House on Wednesday.


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