New law putting cameras on school buses goes into effect

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A new state law that allows school buses to have cameras for recording drivers who illegally pass at bus stops went into effect this month.

The legislation allows for outside cameras on the stop arm. 

The Lower Dauphin School District has three stop arm cameras and has been using them for nearly five years. So far this school year, their cameras have captured six drivers breaking the law.

Bus drivers report the incidents to their supervisor and then fill out an incident report. 

Drivers who illegally pass a stopped bus face a $250 dollar fine plus a $35 dollar surcharge that goes into a fund for buying more cameras. They also lose their license for 60 days and get five points against their driving record.

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