Arlington County wants to remind drivers that it is against the law to pass a stopped school bus that is boarding or dropping off children. And to ensure the law is being followed, the County Board voted Tuesday to allow the county school system to install video cameras on its buses to record drivers who ignore the law.
Under the new regulation, the technology will record when a vehicle passes a stopped school bus from behind or in front. After the infraction is confirmed by Arlington police, a $250 ticket will be mailed to the owner of the vehicle. The fine will be paid to Arlington County Public Schools.
“Putting cameras on school buses will help keep our students safe,” Arlington County Board Chair Jay Fisette said in a statement. “Too many times, drivers ignore the flashing lights and the side-mounted stop sign/signal arms, and drive right by stopped buses – endangering the kids who are getting out of those buses.”
The program is expected to begin running on Feb. 1. Arlington Public Schools plans to use any revenue from the program for school bus and pedestrian safety initiatives.