New Bus Cameras Catch Drivers Breaking the Law

Updated: 09/04/2014 7:38 PM
Created: 09/04/2014 7:13 PM
By: Katherine Johnson

There are a lot of things to focus on during the first few weeks back at school.  Not only for teachers, parents and students but for bus drivers, too.  They have to keep an eye on both the kids and the road.

Many school districts like Minnetonka and St. Paul have cameras mounted inside the buses. However, something new in Bloomington is now holding you, the driver, accountable.

Four new cameras are mounted inside all 105 buses that run for the district. On the outside of six of those buses lies a hidden camera.  The goal is to catch drivers who disobey the stop-arm law.  

It costs the district $1,000 per bus to install the cameras.

"I think a lot people aren't aware of the need to stop for the stop arm, and we're hoping this will help to combat that a little bit," said Jim Engstrom, Assistant Transportation Director for Bloomington Schools.

The cameras will pick up your license plate number and in some cases, even the drivers' face.

"We don't have to worry now on finding a piece of paper and something to write with to take our attention away from the children," said Mary Larson, a bus driver who can't count the amount of times she's tried to jot down a license plate after a driver pulls around her stopped bus.

Last year, more than 450 Bloomington drivers disobeyed the stop-arm law and drove around the bus during a stop.
More than 100 of those drivers got away with it.

Now, with help from these new cameras, police can easily identify any drivers who break the law.

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