VB school buses could get cameras on outside in effort to curb illegal passing

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — During the school year, buses are all over the roads bringing kids to and from school. 

And while it’s OK to pass school buses on the road when the bus is in motion, it’s not OK when that school bus is stopped with its crossing arm out.

In fact, it’s against the law.

Neighbors say even though it’s illegal, they still see it happening.

“I witnessed it like two days ago up on Virginia Beach Boulevard, someone went right past a school bus,” said Kerstin Brooks.

Virginia Beach Schools says it’s working on something that could help keep children safe.

It’s in talks with the City of Virginia Beach to add cameras to the outside of school buses.

“Putting cameras on the buses, I think that might help people to think twice and remember there’s lives coming on and off that bus and keep everybody safe,” said parent May Anne Thomas.

“I think it’s a good idea for them to do that because they can get license plates and people can get fined for that because it’s really dangerous,” Brooks said. 

Thomas says her kids are 7 and 5 years old and she says she thinks if this project does happen, it will make drivers reconsider making a poor choice.

“I think that’s a fantastic idea. I think children’s safety is very important and if you’re not in that sphere, I think it’s kind of hard for people to understand how critical it is that when you see a school bus stopped. It’s usually they’re in their own frame of mind racing to the next stop,” Thomas said. 

10 On Your Side did reach out to the City of Virginia beach as well to get more information. The city spokeswoman, Julie Hill, believes that the cameras could be installed within the next week or two. She’s working on getting us more specific details.

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