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Traffic cameras on Montgomery County school buses?

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Every year, more than 1,500 drivers speed past stopped school buses picking up or dropping of students in Montgomery County. But only one-third of those violators ever receive a ticket.

County leaders want to change that.

Council president Valerie Ervin introduced a bill Tuesday morning that would give police the authority to install new automated cameras on school buses that would capture video and pictures of anyone blowing by a bus. The fine would be $250.

“I think this is more about changing behavior than it is about collecting fines,” Ervin says.

If passed, county officials say they would start by installing cameras on buses that run routes with the most violations - like at Old Columbia Pike in Burtonsville.

The cameras could cost hundreds of dollars per bus, but county officials hope to find a good deal. Many taxpayers interviewed by ABC7 say a child's life is priceless.

The community will have a chance to weigh in on this proposal at the public hearing that will be held on Jan 24th.

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