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SC School Bus Stop Arm Violation Bill Moves Forward

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School bus stop arm camera bill moves forward School bus stop arm camera bill moves forward

In Cherokee County, Highway Patrol says a student was hit and injured by a car that failed to stop for a school bus and its stop arm, last week. School leaders across the state say similar incidents are happening too often and putting kids at risk.

“The general public doesn't realize how many close calls we have with our kids everywhere,” said Lexington School District Five Safety Officer Bob Hare.

Now a stalled South Carolina Senate bill addressing the issue is being revived. It allows cameras to be mounted to school buses.Then police officers can use those cameras as evidence to ticket drivers who blow pass buses.

“They can't be behind every school bus,” said Senator Thomas Alexander (R- Walhalla). “So this gives them the ability when they’re not present to have the opportunity for them to make these citations."

Sen. Alexander's bill is now headed to the senate floor for a vote. And school leaders say it can't happen fast enough.

In Anderson County, School District Five conducted a bus study for the state. It mounted five of its buses with stop arm cameras.The district says it caught on camera 82 stop arm violations in one month. It is hoping to use this research to stop the unsafe practice.

Sen. Alexander says time is working against him on the bill, because the legislative session ends in June. He hopes to see a vote by next week. In the mean time he says state and school leaders can already start researching school bus camera costs and affordable vendors.

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