Frederick County School Buses Get Equipped With Cameras

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FREDERICK, Md. (CBSDC) — School buses in Frederick County will be carrying more than just passengers this school year. They’ll also be carrying a powerful tool aimed at cracking down on drivers who put children at risk.

The county equipped 40 school buses with video cameras to catch drivers who illegally pass them.

Unlike the majority of red light cameras on the roads, most drivers seem okay with the school system’s plan.

“When they hear the bottom line goal for this is to protect our kids, they’re all for it,” says Frederick County Public Schools spokesperson Michael Doerrer.

Violators will receive a $125 ticket in the mail from the Sheriff’s Department.

Montgomery County school are implementing a similar pilot program this fall.

Meanwhile, Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell recently signed legislation giving school district’s the authority to video tape and photograph drivers who endanger children.

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