EDUCATION

Frederick County to install cameras on school buses

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Bus driver Mac McLean says he gets passed illegally about once a day. He says it's become rampant.

“I don't have any children in the school system but I look at all these children as mine and I don’t want anything to happen to any of them,” he says.

But Frederick County is now taking steps to fight the violations. By the end of the school year, 40 buses will have cameras. And the county will install more as needed. Each one will start rolling as soon as the bus activates its stop sign.

Cindy Yuka, who's grandson is about to start kindergarten in Emmitsburg, welcomes the news.

“I think it's a very good idea. I think we need to protect our children as best we can, and everyone needs to be safe around us,” Yuka says.

Drivers that are caught will be sent a fine for a $125 but no points will be assessed to their license.

“That's our ultimate goal in Frederick County to make sure that our buses and children are as safe as possible going to and from school,” says Frederick County Public Schools spokesman Michael Doerrer.

Previously, bus drivers had to report each incident themselves, and the sheriff's office would then send the violator a warning. If the problem persisted, a deputy would come out and follow the bus.

Now everything will happen automatically. And the funds raised through the fines will pay for the program.

“That’s the worst thing we can ever have is any child being hit by a school bus,” Yuka says. “Very bad we don't want it to happen.”

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