Bibb school bus cameras capture 345 possible traffic violations in two days

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – As Bibb County students went back to school last week, they had an extra set of eyes protecting them. The cameras on the stop arms of school buses were rolling and caught hundreds of possible violations where drivers passed a stopped bus.

The cameras were added this summer by the school district, after bus drivers documented hundreds of drivers passing a bus when a stop arm was out.

The camera company, Bus Patrol America, LLC, had 177 flagged violations on the first day of school, August 1st. On the second day, they had 168 flagged violations. Totaling 345 possible violations.

Of the 345, 51 of those events will be presented to the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office, then deputies will determine if they are in fact violations.

A couple of parents were stunned at the number.

“That’s horrific,” said grandmother of five Bibb students, Angelia White. “That’s scary in itself. To think that people are passing by where children are getting off and getting on a school bus.”

“There are that many violations in that short period of time,” said teacher and parent, Lynne Adams. “People just need to follow the rules, know the rules, then follow them, so there’s not a senseless tragedy.”

If the sheriff’s office determines drivers did make a violation, drivers could face a fine of $300 for the first offense and up to $1000 for multiple.

The Georgia law states it is illegal to pass a school bus when it’s stopped, lights are flashing and the stop arm is out.

Categories: Bibb County, Local News

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