DALLAS COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – According to Texas law, drivers must come to a complete stop when they see a school bus with its red lights flashing.
New technology will now make it easier to catch those violating the law in Dallas County.
As of Monday, Dallas County Schools and the City of Dallas are now using a high-tech program to protect students getting on or off school buses.
Video cameras have been installed on the automated stop sign arm. The cameras are set up to identify license plates.
The recordings are later reviewed by a licensed police officer and offending motorist is issued a $300 ticket by mail.
Currently Dallas County Schools has a fleet of some 1650 buses, with more than half of those vehicles transporting the 60,000 students attending school in the Dallas Independent School District.
Warnings will be issued until the first week of September, and then tickets will be issued.
The stop arm camera program is the first of its kind in Texas.
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