Governor McAuliffe signs school bus stop-arm camera bill

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Gov. Terry McAuliffe has signed a bill that will clear the way to implement a school bus stop-arm camera program, which was halted years ago when officials realized officers would have to hand-deliver citations.

The recently signed bill will now allow those citations to be mailed. Estimates put a count of 6,000 school bus passing violations each year.

The amended law goes into effect July 1.

In Chesterfield County, a pilot program put these cameras on 50 school buses from March 19, 2015 to May 11, 2015. Police reviewed more then 350 possible violations during that time.

Of those violations, police say 93 percent would have been valid citations if the program had been live, and that would equal about 10,000 violations if cameras had been placed on every bus in the district.

Along with Albemarle County, Falls Church, Petersburg, Hopewell and Winchester, as well as Arlington, Prince George, Fairfax and Chesterfield County have all looked into this kind of program.

8News affiliate Newsplex contributed to this report.

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