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School bus cameras coming to Baton Rouge

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Posted: Dec 17, 2010 3:43 PM by Rob Krieger
Updated: Dec 17, 2010 3:43 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: School Bus, Cameras, School Board, East Baton Rouge, Schools, Children, Bus

BATON ROUGE- A new type of camera could soon be keeping an eye on how you drive around school buses.

The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board approved a measure to look for a company that would install specialized cameras on school buses. The cameras would snap pictures of drivers who ignore the buses stop signs while the bus is dropping off children.

School bus drivers say it's a law that's broken often.

"You come down the street and they just don't respect the stop signs at all it could be their kids crossing the street, I guess they'd just go on and hit them you know if they not paying attention," said Chiquita Taylor, a bus driver who claims people run her stop signs nearly every day.

The system is estimated to cost about $7,000 per bus and would initially be installed on about 35 buses, putting an initial start up cost at just under a quarter of a million dollars. Though, many people, including bus drivers, claim it's a price they're willing to pay.

"It's a lot of money but I think it's a good benefit of the kids and the safety and the well being of the traffic," said Rayford Conerly, who obeys traffic laws.

"We definitely do think that it's worth it, you know if it can save one life its paid for itself many times over," said School Spokesman Chris Trahan.

The fines collected will be split up between different governmental entities and the school system. The money collected by the school system will be used to defer the cost of the installation and upkeep of the cameras, according to Trahan.

A similar system is already in use in Jefferson Parish, where fines run between $300 and $400.

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