ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. — A school district is delaying plans to install stop-arm cameras on its buses and mail tickets to motorists who illegally pass them due to a loophole in a new law, WVIR reports.
A state law that had gone into effect on July 1 allows citations for stop-arm violations to be mailed to owners of the vehicles that were involved in the incidents. However, it does not include an authorization for the Department of Motor Vehicles to release car registration information to a third party, which, in this case, would be the company supplying the cameras, according to the news source. Without that information, the third party cannot identify the person who committed the violation, leaving the police unable to issue a citation.
Albemarle County Public Schools and many other districts across the state are trying to determine whether the law needs to be amended, according to WVIR. Jamie Gellner, the assistant director for transportation and division program evaluator for Albemarle County Public Schools, told the news source that on some busy roads in the county, bus drivers report being passed by as many as five to 10 cars. Additionally, the district conducted a stop-arm pilot to track the number of instances of illegal school bus passing. The pilot results indicated that in one year as many as 6,000 cars would have received violations for passing two school buses, according to WVIR.
The school district told the news source that the program has not been rejected and it is still committed to implementing it, but it will likely be delayed until later in the school year.
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