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.