POSTED: Monday, May 21, 2012 - 1:30pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 1:06pm
Dallas, TX (KDAF) — Drivers know the red light camera doesn't blink. "It doesn't lie," said one female driver.
Now, that same sort of camera is coming to school busses in Dallas and some parents are supportive of the move.
"I think it is good because some people ignore the flashing lights and just blow through the stop arm," Altaweena Murray, said.
Dallas County Schools, which provides bus service to more than 60,000 children is already fitting it's entire fleet of nearly 17,000 busses with the red light cameras.
"The most important thing is the safety of our children," Board President, Larry Duncan said."
Duncan says the decision was made to sink $7.5 million to install the cameras after testing showed violators blowing through the stop arms on busses on a regular basis.
"We set up some testing and every trip they recorded at least one violation and one time we had as many as ten."
Duncan says the system begins recording when the stop arm deploys. A camera will capture a driver's license plate and a $300 ticket will be issued. There will be video evidence provided, if necessary. Dallas police will review the potential violations before they are mailed.
But, some believe the tickets are too expensive.
The cameras are expected to generate about $10 million in the first year for Dallas County Schools, part of the money will pay Dallas police for the reviews. The rest, officials say will be used to pay for equipment.