Select school buses in the county will soon be equipped with cameras to catch drivers who pass illegally, Sheriff Douglas W. Mullendore said Tuesday after the Washington County Board of Commissioners approved an ordinance authorizing their use.
There were no comments about the proposal at a public hearing Tuesday morning. Afterward, the five commissioners voted unanimously to authorize the cameras.
“Safety is paramount, and I think this will add safety for our kids,” Commissioner Jeffrey A. Cline said.
The next step will be to award a contract to a company that will install and monitor the cameras in exchange for a portion of the fines, Mullendore said.
He said he hoped to get a pilot program under way before the end of this school year.
For the first 30 to 60 days, those caught illegally passing by the cameras will be issued warnings, Mullendore said.
After that, those caught will be issued civil citations and charged $250 fines. The citation will not add points to a driver’s Motor Vehicle Administration driving record.