Stop Arm Cameras Removed From Buses

Less than a week until school begins and the Rockingham County School Board is making some changes.

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ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- Less than a week until school begins and the Rockingham County School Board is making some changes.

Five buses armed with cameras are now having those cameras removed. It was part of a pilot program to discourage drivers from passing stopped buses.

"We were having some difficulty getting some information from the vendor in a timely manner," said Dan Breeden, a member of the Rockingham County School Board.

On Monday, the school board suspended the program because of communication issues with Redflex, the camera company.

"Sometimes when you just have questions, it's best to just step back, take a breath, and see if we can get some issues resolved," said Breeden.

Phil Judd, the district's director of transportation, had questions as well.

"And that's where we are at that point, there's some things that we wanna see change as far as maybe some of the communication, some of the wording of the forms," said Judd.

Some questions involved what the citation should look like and even who was supposed to be getting paid.

The stop-arm camera program is being suspended for an undetermined amount of time, and the next step is contacting Redflex to have the cameras removed from the buses. Even though the cameras are being removed, both Breeden and Judd want to see this type of program back in the future.

"I got a lot of positive feedback form parents, as a parent myself, from the bus drivers, I think everyone was excited about this program," said Judd

"I think there will be some form of this type program in Rockingham County in the future, but as I said, what it looks like, we'll have to wait and see," said Breeden.

While the program may change, how they feel about student safety won't.

"Those people that work with me and know me know that the safety of the kids and the well-being of the kids are the most important thing to me," said Judd.

The school district said it will continue conversations with Redflex, but will also look for other vendors.


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