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SC bill may allow cameras to catch school bus law violators

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BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) -

Video cameras mounted on South Carolina school buses could be used to fine drivers who pass buses when they're stopped. 

That's if lawmakers vote in favor of a bill that could change the current law.

According to Senate Bill 718, every single bus in the state will have cameras on their stop arms to catch every driver who doesn't stop when the arms are down, and the bus is at a complete stop.

If the bill becomes law, the penalties could be $100 for a first violation, $200 for the second, and $1,000 for each violation after that

The current law says, on a two lane road, drivers in all directions must stop when the bus' lights are on and the stop arm is out.

On a multi-lane highway or multi-lane private road, drivers meeting the school bus from the opposite direction don't have to stop, however if you are behind the bus you do.

If someone violates that rule, bus drivers have to get the license plate number and report the driver.

Lawmakers say some drivers can get out of those tickets because the bus drivers don't have proof. That wouldn't be the case if lawmakers pass this law.

Bus drivers support the bill.

"It will let all drivers know that the law does apply to them, and make it so much easier to catch folks," said Beaufort County driver Shalya Scott.

The bill is currently being debated in the senate transportation committee.

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