The Parkway School District is installing cameras to help catch drivers plowing though school bus stop arms.
The cameras will be installed on the side of each bus and will snap a photo of a driver who doesn’t stop when the bus does.
“I’ve gotten to the point where I have the kids, they have to stand on the sidewalk and I tell them when they can cross over cause I never know when a car will just run the stop arm,” said Debby Ketterer, who has been a bus driver for 13 years.
Ketterer says by having the cameras, drivers will not be able to get away with it anymore. The worst thing, she says, is watching someone do it when there’s nothing she can do.
“I think it helps a lot because there are times we have drivers not paying attention or they just don’t care and they will just run stop arm no matter what,” said Ketterer.
Every bus in the district already has two cameras inside the bus.
“Anything that can help my daughter and all the other kids get to school safely is an excellent idea,” said parent Nancy Ristau.
District officials say 12 of those buses now also have a camera on the outside.
“It’ll take a picture of the vehicle, license plate, get the car, get a lot of key information that’s necessary,” said Parkway School District Director of Transportation Will Rosa.