School Plans to Install Cameras on Buses to Nab Drivers

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    Drivers in Prospect Heights will want to think twice about passing a stopped school bus after a proposed law would allow the use of cameras on school buses.

    Similar to red light cameras, the cameras, pending approval from the Prospect Heights Elementary District 23 school board, would be installed to catch drivers illegally passing stopped buses, according to the Daily Herald.

    The law was approved by the city council Monday after officials said the city “does not have enough officers to follow school buses and arrest violators,” the Daily Herald reported.

    If approved by the school board, the cameras are expected to be provided by RedSpeed of Lombard, which also operates the city’s red light cameras.

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    The cameras will automatically activate when the “Stop” sign arms are extended, and violators will be ticketed $150 for their first offense, and $500 for a second.

    A police officer will approve each ticket.