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School Bus Cameras May be Used to Write Tickets

Posted on behalf of Harbin & Burnett on Aug 08, 2014 in Auto Accidents

A new law in South Carolina is targeting drivers who are illegally passing stopped school buses.

Using newly installed cameras on school buses, law enforcement will now be able to write traffic tickets if they find footage of a driver illegally passing the bus. Previously, police had to actually witness the illegal passing in order to write a ticket to the offender.

Currently, the cameras are being installed on a pilot basis, which means only a few school buses will actually be videotaping motorists. However, cameras will be installed at all angles in order to capture the license plate of the vehicle and an image of the driver.

We are pleased that law enforcement will have another tool to help us make our school bus routes even safer for children, Leroy Smith, Department of Public Safety Director, told Live 5 News.

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety received more than 540 complaints about motorists passing stopped school buses in 2013. An additional investigation by a local news team found that during the 2012-2013 school year, more than 560 drivers violated the stopped school bus law.

The law states that on a two-lane road, all drivers must stop when the bus comes to a stop with its light on and the stop arm out. On a multi-lane highway, the drivers behind the bus must stop; drivers in the opposite direction do not have to stop. The intent of the stop arm is to get drivers to stop at least 10 to 15 feet in front of the bus, but many drivers stop just inches away from the stop arm.

If a driver fails to stop, they may be fined $500 for a first offense. A second offense carries a fine between $2,000 and $5,000.

As back-to-school season approaches, the personal injury lawyers at Harbin Law would like to remind drivers to follow the rules of the road, including stopping for buses and following posted speed limits in and around school zones.

School zone and school bus accidents can end disastrously as the victims are often young children. If your child has been injured in an auto accident caused by a careless driver, our lawyers can help you obtain the compensation you need to get your life back on track.

Call our firm at 1(888)821-0247 or fill out the Free Case Evaluation form on this page to learn more about how we can help you.

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