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New Cameras Will Catch Bus Stop Sign Violators

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GRAND LEDGE, Mich. (WLNS) - Tuesday was the first day back to school for many area students, reminding them of many rules and regulations. The Grand Ledge school bus system has a message for drivers to slow down around buses to avoid a costly mistake.

"Kids are unpredictable, you never know what they're going to do," said Transportation Supervisor John Legus.

Because kids are unpredictable, Grand Ledge Transportation Supervisor John Legus says people need to be able to put on the brakes in a instant near the school bus, but many fly right on by.

"Across the state of Michigan unfortunately, we are averaging about 10,000 stop arm violators a day," Legus said.

Legus says he hears a wide range of excuses from being late to work or needing to get somewhere in a hurry.

"Those that we're surveyed, disturbing most of them found that, those that failed to stop for the school bus, knew what they were doing," Legus said.

Last year Grand Ledge school district had roughly 200 reports of stop arm violators, though not everyone was given a ticket, because they couldn't all be caught.

This year, the district is using updated technology, such as a second stop sign and more lights. Legus says violators will pay because dangerous drivers are caught on tape.

Grand Ledge is the second district in the state to have cameras on the outside of the vehicles which Legus says has helped. A satellite image is sent to administration, which then is sent directly to the police.

And on the first day of the 2013 school year, Michigan State police issued four tickets.

"You may not hit a kid, but you may, the fine is nothing compared to the weight that you will have on your back if you run down a child," Legus said.

A reality that everyone should take a moment to stop and think about.

First time offenders can expect to pay anywhere between 100 and $500, get points on their license and serve up to 100 hours of community service in a school zone.

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