NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – Newport Information Public Colleges and Newport Information Police have partnered with BusPatrol by including handheld cameras to highschool district buses.
From March 15, stop-arm cameras can be activated on all 340 NNPS buses. The cameras are positioned to seize photos when somebody walks previous a faculty bus with the cease signal and purple lights on.
The video picture is then reviewed by a police officer and a ticket will be issued to the driving force.
“Newport Information Public Colleges is proud to accomplice with BusPatrol to assist defend the greater than 24,000 college students who use our faculty buses each day. This partnership will encourage all drivers to be extra cautious round faculty buses, ”mentioned Superintendent of Colleges, Dr. George Parker.
Information from the Nationwide Affiliation of State Administrators of Scholar Transportation exhibits that drivers illegally trip stopped faculty buses greater than 17 million occasions a yr in the USA.
Passing a stopped faculty bus with its flashing lights on and its cease arm prolonged is unlawful in Virginia. Drivers ought to cease for an approaching faculty bus in any course so kids can get on and off safely. Failure to take action can lead to a minimal nice of $ 250 for a primary violation when caught by the BusPatrol program.