This school year in Montgomery County, Maryland, a unique school bus camera program is expanding in order to increase student safety across the county. Maryland law states that drivers going in the same direction as the bus must stop anytime the stop arm is deployed, and drivers traveling in the opposite direction must also stop if there is no physical barrier in place.

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The penalty for violating this law is a $125 fine if cited from video evidence, and a whopping $570 fine and three points on a driver’s record if cited by a police officer. Since the program began in January 2014, nearly 5,000 motorists have been ticketed under this new program.

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In just three days of operation, Mobile County school bus cameras have captured over 20 stop arm violations. Recorded video shows vehicles completely disregarding the deployed, stop arm and its flashing warning lights. Such violations are reviewed and if deemed valid, the offenders are issued a $300 civil citation.

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Mobile County, Alabama has deployed stop arm cameras on 70 of its school buses in an effort to increase student safety. Mobile County is the first school system in Alabama to deploy these cameras, and it aims to extend the program to all 750 of the system’s buses.

Video events are reviewed by law enforcement, and if deemed a violation, the motorist is issued a $300 citation by mail.

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National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Administrator Mark Rosekind made the pledge during his closing remarks at the “Thinking Outside the Bus” meeting Thursday in Washington, D.C. The event was streamed live and later recorded on the NHTSA website. Present were representatives of NAPT, NASDPTS and NSTA present along with reps for school bus manufacturers Blue Bird, IC Bus and Thomas Built Buses. Several others from school bus supplier companies were also in attendance, as were representatives of the National Traffic Safety Board, Safe Kids Worldwide, the National Center for Safe Routes to School, the Safe Routes to School National Partnership and other safety professionals and researchers.

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18 year old Brandy Vela fatally shot herself in the chest this week as her parents begged her not to. The Texas teen had been the victim of relentless cyber bullying.

While school was apparently a safe environment for her, this did nothing to stop the onslaught of abusive messages from fake social media accounts setup by the bullies.

Read the full story at KPRC 2 Houston.