The Rockingham County School Board approved a recommendation to go with a company for the stop arm cameras.
The school board wants stop arm cameras on some school buses to reduce careless driving and school bus accidents.
To break even financially around 2 tickets would have to be handed out per day, per bus.
The school will get to determine which buses get cameras.
ROCKINGHAM COUNTY -- One school system in the Valley is starting the process of adding cameras to its buses. It's in response to people not stopping when the buses have the stop arm out when students are getting on or off.
Rockingham County Schools wants to install cameras on its school buses. The cameras would go on the stop sign on the side of the bus and it would catch drivers passing when it's stopped.
Dee Dee Shoemaker has been a school bus driver in Rockingham County for 20 years. She said drivers tend to not pay attention to flashing stop signs.
"It is really scary especially when a car starts to slow down and then they speed up and run your lights," said Shoemaker.
Shoemaker said her number one priority is your child's safety. She said it's hard to do when people don't obey the law.
"I had one last year when the student was right there ready to cross the road and they just flew by me. When I blew the horn, she waved at me and just kept on going by me," said Shoemaker.
One way Rockingham County Schools is trying to prevent this from happening is by adding cameras to the side arm stop signs.
Phil Judd is the county school's director of transportation. He said not every school bus will have cameras.
"There's a camera mounted on that stop arm and if it detects a car passing while the stop arm is out it will upload a video to the vendor. Then will review the footage and a citation can be handed out to the driver of that vehicle," said Judd.
Judd said the cameras will rotate buses so they won't have a fixed route. Shoemaker said the cameras would make it easier to protect her passengers.
"It would take that responsibility off of the driver, because again our main focus is the students. We don't want to take our focus off students to get that information," said Shoemaker.
Rockingham County is in the bidding process to find the best deal on cameras. They plan to have them installed as soon as possible.
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