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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

"Arkansas and 247Security team up against stop arm runners"

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - Flashing lights, reflectors, and stop signs are all standard features on school buses. Each element is designed to let drivers know a bus is stopping and children will be crossing. Many drivers do not heed the warning. To help encourage people to stop some school buses in Paragould are now equipped with cameras on the outside catching drivers as they pass by.

"We've had a couple trouble spots with cars going around stopped school buses," said Richard Shelby, Deputy Superintendent for the Paragould School District.

One trouble spot is Baldwin Elementary before and after school. In fact on Friday afternoon we caught a car as it went past a school bus with the stop arm out.

"When those arms are out all traffic forward and backward must stop by state law," said Shelby.

Shelby said each of their 30 school buses have at least three cameras installed if not more. A few of the buses have an extra camera that will make a big difference.

"Those cameras have the capability on the outside of getting license plate numbers, which we're required by law to turn those instances in to police," said Shelby.

It may look like just another piece of the bus but a yellow bump on the side is actually a video camera. The cameras have only been in place for a few weeks and they already have footage of drivers passing buses!

Excerpt from "Cameras on the outside of buses catch passing drivers"

Posted: Mar 05, 2010 7:52 PM EST, By Brandi Hodges

You can find the original article HERE: "Cameras on the outside of buses catch passing drivers"