New School Year, New School Bus Safety Law

Four children died during the 2012-2013 school year in North Carolina, because drivers failed to stop as kids got on and off the school bus. It's the reason the state is ramping up efforts to catch offenders.

A new law allows school districts, like the one in Beaufort County, to use video technology to capture drivers who violate the Stop Arm Law.

Highway Patrol troopers say that gives them a new set of eyes to catch violators who don't observe the law.

"Regularly we get complaints in this office of people who do pass a stopped school bus," says Sergeant Beau Daniel. "Sometimes it involves people who are on their cellular telephones, other times involving people who just didn't see the school bus stop."

The state paid for some of the cameras that are currently on some school buses in Lenoir, Onslow and Pitt counties. After this year, we're told districts will have to come up with money to pay for those cameras.


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