DOVER, Del. — Lawmakers here are expected to vote on legislation that would allow stop-arm cameras on school buses.
House Bill 111, introduced by Rep. Kim Williams last week, would allow school districts and charter schools to implement external camera systems on school buses as a way to catch and prosecute motorists that illegally pass stopped buses. The bill would require offending motorists to pay a fine of $250 for a first offense, and an additional $250 for each subsequent offense, for a maximum of $750 within a 10-year period. The legislation would also permit school districts to use the fine revenue to help pay for the cost of installing and operating the cameras.
In addition, the bill would require school districts to display 6-inch, red and white reflective tape on the front and back of the bus that says “Fine for Passing When Red Lights Are Flashing.” Districts would also need to create at least one public service announcement each year notifying motorists that the camera systems are being operated, and that they could be fined for driving past stopped school buses.
House Bill 111 is currently in the Education Committee for review, according to the state’s general assembly website.