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Driving past school bus with stop sign out could cost you $250

12:54 PM, Oct 21, 2013   |    comments
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FALLS CHURCH, Va. (WUSA9) -- We've seen them at red lights, on the side of busy roads, and now cameras are mounted on school buses. One local school district says blowing past the stop sign will cost you big money.

You won't spot them on all the buses, but several do have the cameras camouflaged on the side right underneath the stop sign.
 
With only four public schools, Falls Church is perhaps the smallest school system in state but is leading Virginia in this move to catch drivers who ignore the "stop" arm warning of children boarding or leaving the bus. A violation will cost you $250.

Fortunately, there have been no tragedies, only several close calls. AAA estimates drivers pass the cross arm about 20 times each day in Falls Church.

Monday shortly after 1:30 p.m.m A Falls Church City Public Schools spokesperson told us the system had 11 such events on Monday morning. The spokesperson says the vendor ATS and Falls Church police will analyze the video to check for violations.

 

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