The Rocky Mountain School District is installing cameras on buses after several cases of motorists passing dangerously.
Superintendent Paul Carriere agrees it’s been a regular issue for the District which currently has forms bus drivers can fill out to report illegal passers.
But Carriere points out, sometimes bus drivers can catch the license plate and sometimes they don’t.
So, the district is in the process of installing cameras on four buses.
Carriere says local RCMP have already laid charges against one driver who was caught with by cameras.
The goal is two stem these incidents from happening so often.
Carriere says there at least two incidents he knows about this year of a vehicle not stopping for a bus dropping off or picking up kids.
Last school year, Columbia Valley RCMP told us they receive at least two calls a month involving motorists failing to stop for buses with their flashing lights on.
Carriere stresses people need to understand when those flashing stop signs flip out from the bus, vehicles in both directions must stop.
He says at the end of the day the safety of kids is paramount.
The SD6 superintendent says they’ll be rolling out the cameras step by step as they’re expensive devices, approximately $7,000 each.
– Rocky Mountain School District Superintendent Paul Carriere