Some Lafayette Parish School leaders want to put external cameras on school buses to catch drivers who ignore stopped school buses. LPSS Transportation Director Damon Evans said he’s taking the proposal to the full board next week on November 11.
Evans explained with the board’s approval, 50 to 100 buses would be equipped with the cameras. As the program begins to pay for itself, more buses would be updated with the technology. The tickets will help pay the company and for future school bus needs.
“They send it (illegal tickets) out, you pay for it. They get a cut. We get a cut. The policing authority gets a cut. Truly I can care less about the money. The money is going to pay for the program,” Evans told KLFY’s Renee Allen.
The cameras are similar to the Redflex traffic cameras. Once the stop arm extends, the camera goes to work snapping pictures of cars passing illegally.
“They’ll put in all the equipment free of charge. They’re going to monitor the situation,” Evans said, adding that during a four-month test run on three buses the pilot cameras captured 275 illegal passes.