Cameras on school buses could lead to change in law

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SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. —

A school district hopes that a test of cameras on the outside of school buses will lead to a change in state law.

School bus drivers have complained for a long time about cars driving past their buses when the stop signs are extended.

"It's scary. Kids could get hit when they get off the bus," said parent Jesse Adams.

In about a month's time, cameras on two Seminole County school buses captured video of 67 drivers breaking the law. That's more than two a day.
   
"The people driving these cars, they hit and kill a kid, forever they are going to think about it," said resident Linda Newman.

Fines for illegally passing a stopped school bus ranged from $160 to more than $300.

Police have to witness the violation before a driver can be cited, which makes the law hard to enforce.

Seminole County plans to give its camera data to some state lawmakers who plan to push legislation that would allow districts to put cameras on all their buses.

The legislation would mean drivers caught on camera illegally driving past a stopped school bus could get a ticket in the mail.

A similar bill failed last year, but WFTV's Biana Castro learned that supporters are already drafting a new one.
   
"Everyone needs to stop when the stop sign comes out because it could easily be your kids that get hurt," said parent Jesse Adams.

At least nine other states have laws on the books that allow cameras to be installed outside school buses.