Cameras capture drivers zooming past buses

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Posted at 5:55 PM, May 14, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-14 17:55:00-04

THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WTXL)-- There's concern over student safety in Thomas County.

Deputies there say drivers running school bus stop signs is becoming a huge problem.

In the video you can see first hand what deputies in Thomas County say is a growing problem, a problem deputies say that's putting your children at risk.

"The stop signs, there's one violation two violations here comes a third and a fourth and five," said Capt. Steve Jones with the Thomas County Sheriff's Office. "There's five violations on one stop unloading children."

The video was captured on a new camera, now installed on a couple of Thomas County school buses.

It's the latest in the line of defense to get drivers to stop for school buses.

"We did a survey on April 26," said Robert Young, the transportation supervisor for the Thomas County School system. "Drivers reported 13 violations, stop sign violations on that day."

"When those yellow lights come on warning you that the bus is about to stop, it doesn't mean speed up and pass it," said Jones. The bus is about to stop. It's prepared to stop all traffic and both directions must stop unless it's on a physically divided highway."

Captain Steve Jones with the Thomas County Sheriff's Office says the cameras are a response to the amount of drivers not stopping for buses.

The cameras capture video of the cars and their license tags.

If one of these cameras catch you driving past a stopped school bus, you could get a ticket for $300.

Jones says fines could cover the cost of operating the cameras. Ultimately he says you can't put a price on safety.

Deputies tell us the cameras are just a test for now. They could be permanently up and running at the start of the next school year.