In an effort to crack down on impatient motorists, city officials in Falls Church, Virginia have recently began using stop-arm cameras to watch and fine drivers who refuse to stop and pass school buses.
Most hurried drivers will agree, getting stuck behind a school bus that stops every 20 feet is considered a nuisance. However the law states all drivers must stop but unfortunately that’s not always the case.
So, in an effort to crack down on impatient motorists, city officials in Falls Church, Virginia have recently begun using stop-arm cameras to watch and fine drivers who try to sneak past school buses.
The Falls Church Police Department, American Traffic Solutions and the Church City Public Schools all joined forces to implement the monitoring project. City authorities have been keeping an eye on school bus offenders for a while now.
It’s estimated that about 20 motorists pass children-filled vehicles on a dally basis. The National Safety Council noted “Most of the children who lose their lives in bus-related crashes are pedestrians, four to seven years old, who are hit by the bus or by motorists illegally passing a stopped school bus.”
Those who decide to pass a bus and get busted doing so, will face a $250 fine. Several other areas in Virginia are also planning on implementing similar programs in the near future.