Cameras catch Kentucky drivers not stopping for school buses

NEW CASTLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Kentucky school district is trying to keep people from failing to stop for a school bus, one video at a time.

Henry County Schools has equipped their buses with an outside camera that can record the vehicle and license plate number of passing cars.

“Two years ago, we began installing stop arm cameras on an undisclosed number of our buses, and we continue to add those cameras to our fleet every year,” said Kevin Whitt, the director of transportation for the district.

The technology also indicates exactly how long the driver had the warning lights on, and when the stop sign was extended.

The district sees about two cases a week. Violators face fines and possible jail time.

But even if someone is not driving the vehicle, they can still be prosecuted.

“If a driver cannot be identified, whoever that vehicle belongs to can be charged,” Whitt said.

School bus drivers can press a button to mark when something happened in the video for management to review.

The camera system costs between $3,000 and $4,000 and includes multiple cameras inside the bus to monitor students.

Henry County Schools hopes the technology is a deterrent for drivers breaking the law.

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