New camera program will fine drivers who illegally pass school buses in Prince George’s Co.

Those who don’t drive safely near school buses in Prince George’s County, Maryland, should prepare themselves for a big fine.

The school system has partnered with a company called BusPatrol to install cameras on the stop arms of all 1,216 school buses in the county.

If a driver illegally passes a bus, the camera will snap a picture of the license plate, and they will get a $250 ticket in the mail.

Maryland law requires drivers approaching in both directions to stop for a stopped school bus with its lights flashing and stop arm extended.

Prince George’s County Schools Chief Executive Officer Monica Goldson said the school system is “leveraging technology to improve student safety both on and off school buses.”

Jean Souliere, CEO of BusPatrol, said data proves the cameras really work as a deterrent.

According to Souliere: “Ninety-five percent of drivers that are ticketed for passing a school bus driver never receive a second ticket.”

A news release from the school system says every year, there are more than 17 million school bus stop arm violations. The cameras will be live starting April 8, when students start returning to classrooms.

Kyle Cooper

Weekend and fill-in anchor Kyle Cooper has been with WTOP since 1992. Over those 25 years, Kyle has worked as a street reporter, editor and anchor. Prior to WTOP, Kyle worked at several radio stations in Indiana and at the Indianapolis Star Newspaper.

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