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Cameras to be added to school buses in Anne Arundel County

Posted at 5:53 PM, Feb 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-03 23:23:33-05

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, Md. — Anne Arundel County Council has voted unanimously in favor of installing cameras on school buses.

Police would be able to review the cameras to see if any drivers pass a school bus while it is stopped and kids are getting on or off.

In October of last year, a 15-year-old Severna Park High School student was hit while getting off the bus in Severna Park. Fortunately she was not killed.

Bob Mosier with Anne Arundel County Public Schools says numbers for drivers not obeying stopped school buses are disturbing.

"The statistics show the numbers going up in recent years," he said. "28 percent across the country in the last three years, 47 percent here in the state of Maryland. So it's a very serious problem and it's getting worse."

Current law says a driver must stop at least 20 feet back and not proceed until the bus does.

"The company that they contract with pays to put the cameras on the buses and gets that money back through a slice of any ticket revenues," he said.

They're hoping to have the cameras up and running by next school year.