School bus video cameras deterring reckless drivers

School bus video cameras deterring reckless drivers
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Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 5:56pm

If you think you can sneak around a stopped East Baton Rouge Parish school bus, think again. Video monitoring equipment has been snapping pictures of those disobeying the laws for over a year now.

"What we're finding as word gets out there, that the buses are equipped like this and people are refreshed in the driving rules, we're seeing fewer incidents," explained Keith Bromery, with the EBR school system.

But police want to remind you that when you see those flashing lights and that big red sign, you have to treat it like any other traffic signal.

"If you look at it almost as being a little more severe, it's not a regular stop sign where another car may be coming, there is no doubt that it's going to be a child crossing in your path," explained Corporal Don Coppola.

And they're reminding you, that stop sign applies, even if you're on the other side of the road.

"If it's a road-way, a four way roadway per say, that does not have any kind of grassy median, you are required to stop," said Coppola.

Police and school officials have said the best way to avoid tickets and accidents, just remember where there's a big yellow bus, there are kids crossing too.

"That's the primary reason why we have these cameras, as a deterrent for drivers who think they can just boldly go around a bus with kids getting on or off the bus," said Bromery.

The cameras have been installed in about half of the buses in the EBR system.

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