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School has officially begun and that means school buses full of children are out on the roadways. In Georgia, passing a school bus while students are boarding or disembarking at bus stops is illegal. The Newton County School System (NCSS) wants to remind local motorists that many NCSS buses are equipped with cameras that will record motorists passing illegally. That information is then forwarded to the Newton County Sheriff’s Office for the issuance of violation notices.

NCSS and the Newton County Sheriff’s Department officially launched the school bus stop photo enforcement program in August 2012.  Twenty-five of the school system’s buses are currently outfitted with high-resolution cameras.  The cameras, which are supplied and operated by American Traffic Solutions, capture photos and video of motorists who illegally pass school buses while students are boarding or disembarking at bus stops. 

In Georgia, the penalty for a violation captured by these cameras is $300 for the first violation, $750 for the second violation, and a third violation within a five-year period will result in a $1,000 fine.  

“The school bus stop photo enforcement program provides us with an efficient way to enforce school bus stop laws and better safeguard the children that ride the bus,” said Cortney Morrison, public information officer for the Newton County Sheriff’s Office.

“The partnership between the school system, American Traffic Solutions, and the Newton County Sheriff’s Office provides us with a way to better protect students as they travel to and from school,” said Michael Barr, director of support services for the NCSS. 

For more information on this program, please contact Michael Barr at barr.michael@newton.k12.ga.us.

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