ORLANDO, Fla. - Orange, Seminole, Volusia and Brevard counties want to better protect students from dangerous drivers, so they’re testing new cameras on school buses.
In the last few weeks, cameras mounted on the sides of school buses across central Florida caught drivers breaking the law and putting countless children in danger.
The cameras are part of a statewide pilot program. They’re on a handful of school buses in Orange, Osceola, Brevard and Volusia counties.
The goal is to eventually help police ticket drivers who blow through the school bus stop arms at local stops.
“I think it's a good idea because it will keep the kids safer and it will make the drivers more aware of that fact that you got to stop and someone is watching you,” said mother Jolie Spellman.
According to a survey done by school officials in Orange County, drivers are blowing the stop signs as often as 1,300 times day.
But getting the cameras installed on buses statewide is still a little while away, and that won’t happen until lawmakers pass a bill allowing them.