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May 29, 2014  |   Comments (0)   |   Post a comment

Bill would allow cameras for stop-arm enforcement

By Thomas McMahon


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Under a South Carolina bill, video recorders could be equipped on school buses to capture footage of vehicles passing illegally.Photo by Lois Cordes

Under a South Carolina bill, video recorders could be equipped on school buses to capture footage of vehicles passing illegally.
Photo by Lois Cordes

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A bill that would authorize stop-arm cameras on school buses has passed the state Senate.

Pupil transportation officials in South Carolina have supported the bill, S.718. It ties in with the S.A.V.E. (Stop-Arm Violation Education Enforcement) campaign, which was created by David Poag and several of his colleagues.

Poag got in contact with Sen. Thomas Alexander, who introduced S.718 in May of last year.

Under the bill, school buses in South Carolina could be equipped with digital video recording devices to document vehicles passing illegally on either side. The legislation would also allow images from the stop-arm cameras to be used as evidence in citing offenders.

S.718 was approved unanimously in the South Carolina Senate on Tuesday and was sent to the House for consideration.


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