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Cooper signs bill to mount cameras on school buses

Posted July 25

School bus stop sign

— Gov. Roy Cooper on Tuesday signed a bill into law to help cut down on drivers who illegally pass stopped school buses.

Under the law, cameras mounted on school buses can take photos of drivers who ignore stop sign arms when buses are boarding students or letting them off.

Drivers who violate the law will have to pay a fine. The fine for a first offense starts at $400.


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  • John Johnson Jul 28, 11:39 a.m.
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    This is Nice. But the Uncaring will Still Continue to Wrongfully Pass. Even If their Licenses are Taken Away!
    Now, BOOKS, When are All the Abandoned Children (Every Child in NC) Being Forgot About Going to Start to Get BOOKs to Use and Take Home, Educate, Not Forgot About! NO BOOKS TO USE IN 20 YEARS, NOW. WHY, Where is the NCELotto money going to! NO BOOKs, Shorter School Hours, Minimum Teaching, Little/No Physical Education. But Pay Goes Up for Little Teaching!!

  • William Sherman Jul 25, 2:17 p.m.
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    They can put all the cameras they want on these buses--and say they will fine violators $1,000. plus points and court costs. All well and good. BUT until they actually begin to enforce the rules, it won't amount to a hill of beans..

  • Patrick Gentry Jul 25, 1:02 p.m.
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    Believe me I drive school bus those fines even if only a fraction of the fine goes to the schools they will fund the costs of installation and operation a hundred times over.

  • Ralph Savary Jul 25, 12:56 p.m.
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    The article says Cooper will sign the bill. No more, no less.

  • Sean Reid Jul 25, 12:52 p.m.
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    Where is the money going to come from? 13000+ school buses in NC. $1000 per bus for camera and recorder. New Administrator and staff, so lets say a $14-15m program. yes the school board voted today to lay off workers and upgrades to save $2M this year.

  • Steve Weaver Jul 25, 12:32 p.m.
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    Hope it works, it irritates me though when I stop for a bus and it keeps driving past me, you never know where they are actually going to stop

  • Teddy Fowler Jul 25, 11:45 a.m.
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    It's kind of funny... this article seemingly gives Cooper all the credit... no mention of who actually came up the legislation or how it was passed.... just Cooper signing the bill...

  • Jason Merrill Jul 25, 10:28 a.m.
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    The fine should be at least $1000 for first offense plus 90 day suspended license. If it done again $10000 fine and one year suspension of said license. If a child is actually injured or worse, permanent revocation of your license. No child's life is worth the little bit of time you have to wait for a stopped school bus, nothing you have to do is that much more important. If it was you should have left for your destination earlier to account for potential delays including stopped school buses.