AUSTN (KXAN) — If you’re passing an Austin Independent School District bus, make sure the buses stop-arm isn’t out or you’ll be receiving a ticket. Starting Thursday, 30 AISD buses will have stop-arm cameras. The district hopes to have the entire fleet of 522 buses outfitted with the cameras by the end of the year.
The video camera systems on the outside of the buses record images of the vehicles and drivers passing a school bus while the red lights are flashing and the stop-arm is deployed. The technology is similar to a red light camera. It will take a video and pictures at different angles.
Anyone caught passing a school bus with its stop-arm out will face a $300 fine. The information is sent to AISD police who then reviews the information and decide if there was a violation. The company that administers the bus camera program, American Traffic Solutions, will keep 60 percent of the revenue, AISD gets the rest.
Carlos, an Austin resident, feels this will not only help keep students, but helps keep everyone safer in school zones.
“I don’t think anybody can afford a $300 ticket, I can’t so I think that would benefit everybody.” Warnings will be issued the first month, fines start in February.