San Marcos to install school bus cameras

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by JADE MINGUS / KVUE News Photojournalist ERIN COKER

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Posted on January 7, 2014 at 7:06 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 8 at 5:56 PM

SAN MARCOS, Texas -- The San Marcos City Council passed a measure Tuesday to fine drivers $300 if they pass a stopped school bus unloading or loading children.

The company Busguard will install cameras on the district's 82 buses. In Texas, passing a stopped school bus with its stop arm extended is illegal.

The San Marcos Consolidated ISD conducted a pilot program. In just under four months, cameras caught 1,747 drivers passing school buses.

"The biggest reason we need these cameras on the buses is for the safety of our children, bottom line," said Carter Hudson, the transportation director at San Marcos CISD. "We've been very, very fortunate we haven't had fatalities."

Technicians in Dallas review the video and send the evidence to San Marcos police. Police will then issue the citations to the owner of the vehicle caught breaking the law.

Busguard installs the camera systems at no charge to the district, but it keeps 75 percent of each $300 ticket. The city and school district will split the rest.

 

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