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Cameras to Help Catch Drivers Ignoring Buses
LANCASTER (Ben Garbarek) -- Big Brother could soon be catching those not stopping for stopped school buses.
Cameras will be installed on five buses starting Monday. The cameras have motion sensors, so they will start recording when someone passes a bus while the red lights are flashing and the stop sign is extended.
"It could be my kid (that gets hit)," said parent Kenny Decosta. "People run around these buses all the time when they're not supposed to and there ain't no cameras around here to enforce it," he said.
City officials said cars drive past stopped buses eight times a day on average in Lancaster. The city has tried using police officers to follow buses and even given bus drivers cameras to use to catch drivers in the act, but none of it has curbed the problem.
Five cameras will be installed in all. Warnings will start going out Monday. Tickets costing $250 will be given out starting November 21.
People in Lancaster hope this will change this bad habit.
"If you have a camera on the bus, they're caught," said grandparent Denise Dunfee. "Maybe they'll think twice (about going around the school bus)."
The system will be free to the city. It'll be paid for with tickets.