Gwinnett County, GA - Channel 2 Action News has learned how many tickets Gwinnett County has sent out to drivers who passed stopped school buses.
The school system has a total of 1,900 buses and just a small number of them have the new stop-arm cameras. But school officials say they’re working, catching an average of 350 violations a week.
The cameras record as the school buses stop and the stop-arm extends.
A police officer reviews video of each potential violation.
In one instance on Norcross-Tucker Road, a car passes a stopped school bus on the left. That driver will be sent a $300 ticket.
Stop-arm cameras are now on 230 Gwinnett County buses on a variety of routes in all school clusters.
The district started in December with just warnings. But at the start of the year and new semester, it went live issuing citations.
"It will bring awareness and hopefully get people to stop when that bus arm is out,” said Sloan Roach with Gwinnett County Schools.
The district wants to remind drivers as they get used to the cameras, that while they are new, the law is not.
"So it's very important for people to be aware of that law and follow the law. It's for our kids,” Roach said.
The goal is to add 70 more of these cameras for a total of 300.
The cameras can move around to different buses on different routes
Officials say they will eventually crunch numbers and build a database showing where the most violations are coming from.