School district adds stop arm cameras to buses to catch passing drivers

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HOLT, Mich. (KAKE) -

A Michigan school district is adding cameras to school bus stop arms to catch drivers who illegally pass school buses.

WJRT reports the cameras on Holt school buses will capture high definition photos of any vehicles passing when the stop arm is out and red lights are flashing. Those pictures will be able to show the vehicle, the license plate and the driver. 

"You WILL receive a citation from the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office, Delhi Division if you pass the Holt school buses while their lights are activated," the local sheriff's office said on Facebook. 

The sheriff's office also listed the following safety tips for drivers: 

  • Prepare to stop when a slowing bus has its overhead yellow lights flashing
  • Stop at least 20 feet away for buses when red lights are flashing, unless driving in the opposite direction on a divided highway
  • low down in or near school and residential areas
  • Look for clues-such as safety patrols, crossing guards, bicycles, and playgrounds-that indicate children might be in the area
  • Watch for children between parked cars and other objects