EDMOND, Okla. – That big red octagon is supposed to be a safeguard for bus riders boarding and unloading.
It’s a familiar sign to protect our rambunctious children who are often oblivious to the dangers around them.
Bus driver Mary Sever said, “The little ones, they’re in their own little world, happy and singing and running.”
Unfortunately, many passing motorists are equally distracted and miss the warning.
Sever told us, “I had three children getting off my bus to cross the street. The stop sign was out and I laid on the horn because I could tell a driver behind me was not going to stop. Had they not stopped, they would have plowed into them.”
Until now, bus drivers had to write down a license number, fill out a form and submit it to Edmond Police to investigate.
But now, bus drivers have the help of “big brother.”
Driver Lenny Sever said, “Now we have cameras where the stop sign is at. It records everything.”
For now, nine buses have cameras recording activity inside and out.
That information can them be presented to authorities for possible prosecution.
Edmond officer Acey Hopper said, ‘This will give us an opportunity to make contact with those who are passing school buses.”
The fine is $244 and the loss of your license for a year.
So, pay attention because these cameras never lie.