Drivers caught on new school bus cameras face $419 ticket

KING 5's Heather Graf reports

Thanks to new cameras, drivers who don't obey school bus passing laws could face a hefty fine - on the spot. 
 
Exterior cameras have been put on 120 of Seattle Public Schools' 379 buses. The cameras work similarly to school zone cameras. If a violation is detected, cameras will get video of the car and license plate. The footage will go to the King County Sheriff’s Office, where officials will determine if a violation occurred. 
 
The program began Monday. Drivers captured on video now through Oct. 1, 2017, will receive a warning letter to educate them about the program.
 

 
Starting Monday, Oct. 2, the King County Sheriff’s Office will begin issuing $419 citations to drivers that are caught on camera. 
 
A pilot program placed cameras on 10 school buses traveling the busiest routes in Seattle. Over that 112-day period, nearly 600 vehicles passed the buses illegally.
 

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