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Thursday, 08 November 2018 08:22

Pay Attention Someone's Life is on the Line

Ssurveillance video from school bus cameras show the dangerous and reckless ways drivers try to run school bus stop sign arms.

Deputies in Forsyth County Sheriff's Office have enforced the surveillance program with video cameras over the past six months.  The alarming ways cars drive past bus stop arms, speed while a yellow light is blinking, or blatantly disregard the law is a reflection of dangerous drivers across the state and our county.  

Sheriff Ron Freeman, who said his childhood friend was hit by a car while at a bus stop, wants everyone to "pay attention.  Somebody's life is really on the line."

Since its late April launch, 302 citations have been issued; the citation number per month have decreased since the start of this school year.  A team of five deputies reviews the videos before issuing a citation.  The largest cause of citations is drivers attempting to bypass a stop sign arm while the light flases yellow; the light indicates for drivers to slow to a stop.  Drivers on both sides of the roads must slow to a stop when a bus pulls over and deploys the stop sign arm; the exception is for the opposite side of a divided highway deparated by a median.

The statewide citation fee is $250 for a violation.