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Proposed bill could add cameras to the outside of school buses to catch drivers who refuse to stop

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TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) -

It could soon be easier for drivers to get caught passing school buses. A new bill making its way through the legislature would recommend school districts put cameras on the outside of buses.

The “Alabama School Bus Safety Act” passed the Senate in March. The proposed bill would add cameras that capture drivers who refuse to put on the brakes when buses are stopped. If caught, drivers could receive a $300 ticket in the mail.

"I think that's an absolutely great idea,” Mark Demeuse, a parent said. Demeuse was visiting Tuscaloosa Thursday on his way back to Michigan. He’s a dean of a charter school and was recently talking about school bus cameras in his district.

A lot of parents we spoke to feel the automated bus cameras could force drivers to pay more attention on the roads

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration reports over 30 children are killed in school bus accidents on average each year. One-third of the fatalities occur when a child has been struck by someone who didn't stop for the bus.

"Hopefully, what doesn't happen is there is a huge tragedy where a student is seriously injured or killed..and then at that time legislation gets put in,” 
Demeuse said.

The bill says local law enforcement will work with school districts to help with enforcement and some of the money from those tickets could go back into school systems.

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