AUSTIN (KXAN) — Some disturbing numbers have been released from Austin ISD about the number of violators who ignore school bus flashing lights while the kids get on or off. At the beginning of the year, about one-third of the AISD fleet of 300 regular education buses got traffic cameras to catch those violators. In just one month, from Jan. 7 to Feb. 7, they captured a thousand violators blowing right by the halted buses.
Chief Eric Mendez of the Austin ISD police says, “The number is very shocking. If we’re capturing a thousand off of one hundred buses, you can imagine with all 300 buses we’re going to have 3,000 violators, or more. So we really want the word to get out to our drivers, you see the buses, you see the red flashing lights, stop for those buses while they’re loading or or unloading.”
All 300 buses in the fleet will have the cameras by mid-March. And after the initial first-month grace period, starting February 8 those violators ignoring the bus warnings are now receiving $300 tickets in the mail.