No matter how many times drivers are told not to pass school buses when that flashing stop sign is out people still do. Winchester City leaders are considering installing a second set of eyes to catch offenders.
"I think any driver thanks themselves everyday that I hope the day goes alright and they don't have a kid get hit," said City of Winchester School Bus Driver Bob Gallagher.
Gallagher has been driving school buses in Winchester for eight years. He says people pass him when his red stop sign is out almost every day.
"A kid can get killed," said Gallagher.
Most school bus drivers say it's a challenge to keep track of people who pass them when they put the stop sign out, but they say the external camera will help.
"We have a write up sheet that we can hand in, but you know you can't say if it was a male or a female or give a description and you're lucky if you can get the make of the car," said Gallagher. "And you're really lucky if you can get the license plate."
"Ultimately for us it's making sure that it's a safe trip for our students to and from home," said WPS Superintendent Dr. Rick Leonard.
It's called REDFLEX Student Guardian. The plan is to put cameras on the outside of three or four Winchester school buses. Leonard says they're hoping to test the cameras out during the last couple of months in school. Then if the data comes back showing that a bunch of people are breaking the law, they hope to install them on every school bus in time for the next school year.
"No cost to the schools," said Leonard. "No cost to the City. Any of the fines that are collected goes into the City's general fund and then they use that to offset the cost for the equipment so at some point you pay for the equipment then you start generating revenue."
"Once people start getting fines they're going to realize they better wake up," said Gallagher.
In about four months, from the beginning of the school year to the end of December, the City of Winchester handed out 55 tickets for breaking school bus safety laws, but they think there are a lot more people than that breaking the law.
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