In the words of Police Chief Thomas Manger, “One-hundred-thousand kids ride a bus to school in Montgomery County. Anything that we can do to keep them safe is a worthwhile endeavor.”
Just such a worthwhile endeavor became a reality earlier this month when the County Council unanimously passed Bill 37-11 that authorizes installation of cameras on County school buses to monitor vehicles that illegally pass stopped buses.
“The goal of this bill is to keep our students safe by changing driver behavior,” said Councilmember Valerie Ervin, chair of the Education Committee and chief sponsor of the bill.
The approximately 1,500 County school bus drivers file an average of 500 reports each about drivers who illegally pass their stopped buses during a school year.
Drivers caught on tape illegally passing a stopped school bus would be subject to a maximum civil fine of up to $250. No points would be assessed to an individual’s driving record.
POSTED AT: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 | 4:00:00 AM