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Bus cameras aim to protect children, but at what cost?

Better look both ways before crossing a school bus and its school district.

Redflex Traffic Systems of Australia is partnering with 19 Virginia school districts, installing cameras on buses to catch drivers who ignore their stop signs.

The camera consists of a single enclosure installed about six feet behind the bus’ stop-arm, monitoring traffic in both directions. The system activates when the stop arm and red lights are displayed, and the children are entering or exiting the bus.

Evidence of violations gathered by Redflex, including video and high-resolution images, is sent to local law enforcement to review and determine whether a violation occurred and whether a driver should be cited. Redflex prints the citation and mails it to the car’s registered owner.

But is it Redflex’s job to issue such a citation?

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