Michigan Considers Cameras To Catch Drivers Who Ignore School Bus Stop Signs

WWJ News
December 03, 2019 - 9:36 am

LANSING (WWJ) - School bus drivers may soon have a new way to catch drivers who don't stop when kids are getting on and off the bus.

A state House committee will be meeting at noon Tuesday to consider legislation that would allow districts to add cameras to the stop-arms that extend out when a bus stops. The cameras would be able to record the license plates of drivers who don't stop.

Schools would be able to install the camera system themselves or contract with an outside vendor. 

The legislation calls for penalties of up to 90 days in jail, a $500 fine and 100 hours of community service at a school.  

"There are too many instances throughout the state where drivers fail to stop when a school bus has its stop sign activated," bill sponsor Rep. Greg VanWoerkom said in a statement. "This legislation takes that extra step to increase safety for students through better enforcement of the law made possible by camera system installations on school buses."

The cameras are part of a five-bill package. Other bills would:

  • Define who is and isn’t allowed on a school bus and provides stiffer penalties for those who enter school buses unlawfully.
  • Designate "entering a school bus with intent to bodily harm" as a felony punishable by up to one year in prison.
  • Require a sticker to be affixed to the side of a bus that reads "Unauthorized persons attempting to board or boarding this school bus are subject to arrest and prosecution." The sticker has to be affixed on the left side of the service door between the bottom of the window and black rail.

The bills remain in the House Military, Veterans and Homeland Security Committee for further consideration.