Stanley (WQOW) – The Stanley Police Department is praising newly installed school bus cameras for helping them crack down on traffic violations.
As News 18 previously reported, the Stanley-Boyd School District installed 72 cameras throughout 12 of their buses. Since the school year started, Stanley police officers say the new bus cameras have been a tremendous asset.
Stanley police said the bus cameras have helped them identify three drivers who illegally passed a school bus within the first two weeks of the school year.
“For us, it’s really made things pretty cut and dry,” said Stanley Police Chief Lance Weiland. “The video quality is tremendous. It’s a pretty simple process as far as the district sending us the links.”
Chief Weiland said last school year, there were only six traffic violations related to passing a school bus. He said the fact the police department has already issued three citations is alarming to him.
“For someone to have to live with the fact that they may have struck, injured, or potentially even killed someone because of their inattentive operation of a vehicle is very concerning,” said Weiland. “Because once something happens, there’s nothing you can do to correct it.”
The Wisconsin State Patrol is also concerned for our students’ safety.
The State Patrol’s “Law of the Month” is about protecting kids as they enter and exit the school bus. They also aim to remind drivers of a few new rules.
“School buses now come with amber lights. That just warns drivers that the red lights are coming, that they still can pass, but however to do so cautiously,” said Sgt. Tatsuo Anduze-Bell with the Wisconsin State Patrol.
Sergeant Anduze-Bell says last year in Wisconsin, there were more than a 1,000 traffic convictions for failure to stop for a school bus.
“We enforce these rules for the overall safety of the children as well as the bus drivers,” said Sgt. Anduze-Bell. “We don’t want any accidents to occur and we want to keep everybody safe.”
Drivers who illegally pass a school bus will receive a $326 ticket, plus four demerit points on their license.
If law enforcement is unable to identify the driver and the owner of the vehicle provides no name as to who was driving the car, the owner is issued the citation.