Pass At Your Own Risk

Posted: February 6, 2014 in Articles

In Montgomery County, Maryland, a few school buses have had cameras installed on them so that if a car passes while the buses are stopped with their stop arm extended, the driver of that car can be fined. The fine for illegally passing a school bus is $125 when caught by a school bus camera. If an actual policeman catches a car passing a stopped school bus, the driver gets a hefty $570 fine plus three points on his license. The county plans to install cameras on more school buses later on and hopes to have a total of twenty-five lethal buses by the end of February of this year.

While it is important that drivers be respectful and careful around school buses, it is understandable that people occasionally lose their cool when stuck behind a school bus. Oftentimes, school buses stop at literally each house rather than dropping a lot of kids off at one stop and actually having them walk a few steps on their own.

Why would the fine go up if a policeman catches a person? Why is it $125 when caught by a bus camera, but $570 when caught by a policeman? Why do you not get points when caught by a bus camera, but get 3 points when caught by a policeman? Can anyone get a camera put on their car and have the ability to ticket people when they are caught breaking the law? Can commissions be given to ticket-givers? This could get pretty expensive 🙂

What do you think about it?

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