Lawyers challenge legality of school bus cameras

Posted on April 5, 2012

HARVEY, La. — Lawyers are challenging the use of video cameras on Jefferson Parish school buses to capture images of drivers who illegally pass the buses, The Times-Picayune reports.

The lawsuit argues that the cameras violate the Louisiana Constitution by using civil proceedings to address moving violations and giving law enforcement power to a company motivated by profit. Lawyer Joseph McMahon said he has signed up more than 20 plaintiffs and is planning to create a class action lawsuit.

The lawsuit targets an ordinance passed by the Jefferson Parish Council in 2008 allowing the creation of school bus traffic camera programs. McMahon said he could later add the Jefferson Parish School Board to the suit.

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Related Topics: stop-arm running/illegal passing, video surveillance

Comments ( 7 )
  • kim

     | about 6 years ago

    I drive a suburban with 3 special needs students and an aide. I pick up the students and drive for 45 minutes to their schools for drop off. Then my aid and I drive 45 min. back to our school. We repeat this backwards in the afternoon. Is it a violation of my privacy right if our private conversations are recorded while operating the bus without children on the bus?

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