Updated 08/08/2012 04:53 PM
Law enforcement issues warning for drivers with school year beginning
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REIDSVILLE—Law enforcement officers are hoping the simulation of a vehicle passing a stopped school bus will remind drivers to slow down and stop; as students return to school across the state this month.
Officers say it's happening more and more, and carries stiff penalties.
"The worst thing we do in our job is work a fatality, especially involving a child. Those children on the bus and the bus driver have to live with that, seeing one of their fellow students killed or injured,” said State Trooper Joshua Thomas.
School buses across the state now have cameras on the stop arms that catch license plate numbers of drivers who pass the bus.
"We were able to get some cameras last year that will add cameras on the stop arm that catch the license plate number when they drive by," said Rockingham County Schools Superintendent Rodney Shotwell.
Those who are caught, will pay at least $300 to $400 in fines and court costs and will get the maximum number of points allowable on your drivers' license.