Virginia Beach school buses now have cameras to catch drivers passing

Posted at 5:59 PM, Jan 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-29 16:23:00-05

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Virginia Beach City Public Schools will now feature cameras on the outside of school buses to help catch illegally-passing drivers.

After a 2018 initiative to raise awareness about bus stop safety using black "Red Flashing, No Passing" ribbons, the school system is taking its next steps by attaching cameras to the side of its buses to capture drivers who do not stop for the bus' flashing lights.

"If you go by this bus when it is loading and unloading children and that stop arm is out and the lights are flashing, it is going to take your picture," Virginia Beach City Public Schools Executive Director of Transportation David Pace told News 3 anchor Todd Corillo.

The footage will be collected and reviewed by the police department, who can then issue citations of $250 to drivers at fault.

The cameras have been installed on 100 buses in the Virginia Beach fleet so far, with the ability to add more if needed in the future.