Elgin Local Schools wants drivers to know it is watching them.
Alarmed by the number of vehicles passing stopped school buses, Elgin is among the latest school districts to implement school bus stop-arm cameras to try to catch drivers who go through buses’ red lights and stop arm.
“We’ve seen people run them and wave to the bus driver as they’re going through them,” said Shannon Downing, transportation director at Elgin. “No, that does not make it okay.”
It’s part of a nationwide effort to install cameras on the outside of school buses in the hopes of deterring drivers from blowing past buses picking up or dropping off students.