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Chesterfield Schools closer to installing bus cameras

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -

Too many drivers are illegally passing stopped school buses, putting too many children in danger. Now, Chesterfield school leaders are moving forward with a plan to put cameras on the buses to help catch these drivers.

County school officials hope to not only install the cameras; they also want to charge violators $250.

Rachel Whiteside spends her afternoon playing with her youngest daughter; she has two older children in school who take the bus home.  "There are so many children that come off the bus, they're not really concentrating about the safety," she said.

A recent report found Chesterfield County surpasses the national average when it comes to drivers who illegally pass a stopped school bus

"The whole goal of kids getting on school buses, kids getting off school buses, is to keep them safe -- not for the people passing them to get where they need to go quicker," says Allison Kohler.

Now school officials are meeting with county leaders to move forward in a plan to install cameras on most of its buses.  The cameras will be able to catch images of potential violators, including license plates. Citations could be issued.  Some of that ticket money would go to the schools.   Parents said they hope this program gets the green light.

The school division still needs support from the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors. The board would have to adopt an ordinance to approve this contract. The school system still needs to choose a vendor, and there is no deadline yet on when that will happen.

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