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DeKalb County Eastern School District installs stop arm cameras

School buses are seeing thousands of drivers illegally passing them When the buses have their stop signs on display with flashing red lights. What some districts are discovering is the sign might not be enough. If you weren't paying attention before, you may want to now.

Posted: Jul. 25, 2018 7:13 PM
Updated: Jul. 26, 2018 6:44 AM

BUTLER. Ind. (WFFT)- DeKalb County Eastern School District is noticing an increase in stop arm violations. You might think no one is watching, but now there's going to be a camera that will catch it all.

"We are taking steps as a district to try to encourage people to obey that law by installing cameras on the school buses that will get both directions. Them coming and them going away so it'll get facial recognition of the driver as well as the license plate of the vehicle as it's passing the bus," Deputy Rick Short with the DeKalb County Sheriff Department said.

There are 9 buses that will have stop arm cameras at the start of the school year. deputy short says there were 37 violations last year. They're hoping to bring that number down with cameras efficient enough to catch a person frame by frame getting all the info needed to track a driver down.

"When a driver calls in and reports a stop arm violation, or anything unusual with the bus, they (law enforcement) are administered to come out and they have a key where they can pull out the hard drive and view it in the building," Bus Maintenance supervisor Allen Butler said.

Every driver is required to stop for school buses. If you don't you can be fined up to $10,000.

"Too many children are at risk if these drivers go around,"Allen Butler added.

Deputy Short said hopefully all drivers will take this as serious as they do to ensure safety.

There are 9 buses out of the 16 bus routes that have cameras.

The district wanted to concentrate on the heavy traffic patterned buses first.

The district is planning on all of the buses having stop arm cameras in the future.

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