Bill Allowing School Bus Traffic Cameras Clears State Senate

The Illinois Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would allow school buses to be equipped with traffic enforcement cameras to catch drivers who illegally pass a stopped bus.

Senate Bill 923 would allow municipalities and their school districts to install cameras on buses in order to fine drivers $150 to $500.

The fine would apply to motorists who disobey the law by driving past a stopped school bus that has its lights flashing and stop sign extended while loading or unloading children.

Supporters say equipping buses with cameras would stop a common and dangerous offense. But others see the plan as just another way government is using cameras to raise revenues.

Vehicle owners caught on camera would face a fine of $150 for the first violation and $500 for every subsequent infraction. Much like red light cameras or Chicago’s pending speed camera program, the tickets would be mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle.

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5 Responses to Bill Allowing School Bus Traffic Cameras Clears State Senate

  1. Pete says:

    While I’m all in favor of careless drivers being fined for passing stopped school buses, I’m sure the state will somehow turn this into a cash grab that targets normal and safe drivers, just like the red light cameras.

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  3. B says:

    Of course it will target safe drivers. Likely by ignoring this section of the law:

    (625 ILCS 5/11-1414) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 11-1414)
    Sec. 11-1414. Approaching, overtaking, and passing school bus.
    (…)
    (e) The driver of a vehicle upon a highway having 4 or more lanes which permits at least 2 lanes of traffic to travel in opposite directions need not stop such vehicle upon meeting a school bus which is stopped in the opposing roadway; and need not stop such vehicle when driving upon a controlled access highway when passing a school bus traveling in either direction that is stopped in a loading zone adjacent to the surfaced or improved part of the controlled access highway where pedestrians are not permitted to cross.

    Considering that the harsh penalties in section (f) have been in place since 1985, there should be no need for such cameras. Well that is if force and punishment actually worked and if someone didn’t have a new revenue scam in mind.

  4. Stephen says:

    Make no mistake, this is likely about revenue.

    Most likley the bill is per ticket fee, which is by far the worst way to ever run scameras.

    Next, the school district is likely getting a per ticke cut. Which means the more they “cite” they more they make.

    Any provisions allowing the school district to profit in any way on this needs to be OUTLAWED.

    Also any police force that “review” should NOT be compensated on any per ticket fee basis.

    There have already been abuses. Here is one where the scamera vendor and school district decided to count a median as a “lane” to churn tickets! http://www.banthecams.org/Taking-on-the-Government/school-bus-scamera-cites-innocent-motorists-thousands-cited.html

    Then you have reports of fake bus stops. http://www.boston.com/news/local/rhode_island/articles/2012/02/06/ri_drivers_say_school_bus_camera_system_is_flawed/ (note the link is not working, but this is the quote)
    Quote: “Some Rhode Island drivers who received traffic tickets based on video taken by school bus cameras say they weren’t doing anything wrong and the system is flawed.
    Marc Brassard tells WJAR-TV ( http://bit.ly/yQj4xW) that he received a $300 ticket from Providence police for illegally passing a school bus. But he says the stop arm of the bus was deployed when the driver was on break and there were no children aboard.”

    Here is another where the vendors ADMIT they NEED “violations” of 2 a day per bus to be profitable! http://www.banthecams.org/Taking-on-the-Government/bus-scamera-vendors-wont-put-scamears-on-qunprofitableq-routes-need-qviolationsq.html

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  5. Jeff says:

    If these cameras are used properly, I have no problem with it. This makes a lot more sense , if school safety is actually the purpose of the cameras. While these bus-mounted cameras will likely catch dangerous drivers who put kids at risk, speed cameras are a shameless cash-rape of motorists, under the guise of child safety.

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