Wolf Creek bus cameras cracking down on passing drivers

By Troy Gillard (Twitter: @Troy_Gillard)
November 6, 2018 - 10:09am

Wolf Creek Public Schools has installed video cameras on six of its school buses, with plans to install cameras on all new buses moving forward.

The school division made the decision to install video cameras on buses in June in order to crack down on motorists driving past school buses while they are stopped with lights flashing and students are boarding.

Transportation department officials told Trustees last week the issue is most prevalent in Blackfalds and Lacombe. Blackfalds has had 26 instances of motorists driving past a loading school bus so far this school year, while Lacombe has had six instances.

The video camera-equipped buses are also deployed in Rimbey and Clive. Neither community has had any red light infractions so far this school year.

In the past, school bus drivers would report incidents to authorities, but ensuring that all details about violating vehicles was somewhat problematic, Wolf Creek officials say. The cameras now allow them to submit definitive proof (photos with license plate numbers) to police.

The penalty for illegally passing a school bus in Alberta is a $543 fine and six demerit points.

 

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