IRMO, S.C. — A new law means drivers who illegally pass a stopped school bus in South Carolina are more likely to get hit in the wallet.
The law allows law enforcement to write traffic tickets after reviewing video captured by cameras installed on school buses. Previously, an officer had to personally witness the illegal passing to prosecute – unless injuries resulted and boosted the charge to a felony.
Sen. Thomas Alexander says the lack of consequences contributed to a growing problem he feared would result in tragedy. The Walhalla Republican says he hopes the new law encourages compliance.
Districts around the state are installing exterior camera systems on a pilot basis. They consist of several cameras that videotape different angles of a passing vehicle, to identify the license plate and the driver.