Falls Church, VA., a city in Northern Virginia, implemented cameras on its school buses beginning yesterday; a positive step forward to begin National School Bus Safety Week (Oct 21 – Oct 25). Too many vehicles ignore the STOP sign buses give when picking up and dropping off school children, which can cause a calamity depending on where a child may be going once leaving the bus.
Fallschurchpatch.com gave this report on the cameras –
The City of Falls Church will be the first community in Virginia to approve the use of exterior school bus cameras. Gov. Bob McDonnell signed the "Video-Monitoring on School Buses" bill into law in 2011 and it went into effect in July that year. Failing to stop for a school bus could result in a $250 fine.
Falls Church City Public Schools (FCCPS) and the Falls Church Police Department are partnering with American Traffic Solutions (ATS), a photo enforcement provider, by deploying CrossingGuard®, which will snap a photo and video of drivers who don't obey the law.
More information on the story including pictures of the bus cameras is below.
The 11 a.m. broadcast on NBC4 yesterday reported that 11 violations had already occurred with vehicles ignoring the STOP sign on school buses.