CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Two Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools' buses will be equipped with exterior camera systems for the new school year, starting next Monday.
"They have two cameras that are underneath the stop arm, and there's a camera right there at the driver's window, and another camera at the rear of the bus," said Devery Peterson, CMS Safety & Training Specialist.
The four-camera system is designed to capture drivers who barrel past the bus' stop arm when it's letting students off the bus.
"The cameras on the side are taking pictures of the car from different angles, different aspects," said Stephanie Brown, a bus driver whose a bus is equipped with the equipment.
The cameras capture a car's make and model, a driver's profile, and the car's license plate number.
North Carolina estimates 3,000 drivers break the law by ignoring bus stop arms every day.
The state is paying for each county to equip two buses with the camera gear. CMS hopes to purchase more, but isn't sure when, as each system costs $3,000.
Officials caution drivers that the buses won't stick one certain route.
"This bus could be anywhere in the city of Charlotte," said Peterson.