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Falls Church installs cameras on side of school buses

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The City of Falls Church is now the first community in the D.C. metro area to install cameras on the sides of school buses.

It is an effort to curtail cars from zooming by stopped school buses as they load or unload children. AAA Mid-Atlantic says that happens 72,000 times each day across the country.

Falls Church City Public Schools Superintendent Toni Jones says her transportation director asked their school bus drivers last fall to document how many times cars illegally pass stopped buses. They found 60 violations in three days alone.

Six of the school system’s 12 buses have been equipped with the exterior cameras. They are on a trial run this week to make sure they are working.

$250 tickets will start going out to violators next week, which is National School Bus Safety Week.

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