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CCSD Looking for Drivers Speeding Past Buses

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LAS VEGAS -- Drivers in Nevada are speeding past the school bus stop signs that pop up when kids get on or off the bus three times more often than drivers in other states, according to a national survey of bus drivers.

The Clark County School District put cameras on two of its buses to see how often it happens in Clark County.

The cameras, which are not recorded but stream live to monitors, are part of a pilot program to get a good idea of how many drivers do not stop, even when kids are crossing the street.

"I've seen just people speeding right through it," parent Sylvia Gomez said, "If it says stop, then you stop and you yield."

Bus 12879 picks up students at Bonanza High School and it is one of the buses equipped with cameras. Officials decided to watch the bus' route because it was one of two that bus drivers have noticed more drivers ignoring the stop arm.

"It is really a matter of 30 seconds to a minute just depending on how many kids are unloaded or picked up at a particular stop," CCSD Deputy Superintendent Kim Wooden said.

The director of transportation for CCSD is pushing for a bill in the State Legislature in 2015 that would mandate cameras on all school buses and ticket drivers that did not obey bus laws.

However, at this point, Nevada law prohibits law enforcement from giving out tickets based on a photograph or video recording, which is why red light cameras are not at intersections around southern Nevada.

"At this time, we really don't have any intentions of sending anything to law enforcement. We are just collecting data but we would. The district wouldn't be able to afford to put these cameras on every bus," Wooden said.

The cameras will be on the buses for about another five more months.

So far this year, no child Clark County has been hit by a passing vehicle.

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