Indiana: South Bend schools to buy new bus arm cameras because the old ones never worked

South Bend schools held a news conference touting the installation of 52 school bus stop-arm camera systems in August 2017 that officials said would catch drivers who fail to stop for buses, after a polling of bus drivers found the problem was extensive.

But technical issues, ranging from low video resolution to poor camera orientation, have prevented the videos from the existing $500-apiece camera systems to be used to cite or charge drivers who don’t stop for buses, a South Bend police official said Thursday.

Now, the school corporation is getting rid of the old cameras and buying new ones for all of its 209 buses.

A school official says it’ll fix the issues that prevented the videos from being useful in law enforcement investigations.