Effingham County unveils a new program to keep bus riders safe

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SPRINGFIELD, Ga. (WSAV)- Law enforcement and the Effingham County School Board are working together to keep your children safe, through a new program called BusPatrol. 

School buses will have cameras on the side to record when students get on and off at their bus stops. 
This is to help catch drivers who disobey the Stop-Arm laws and put students lives at risk. 

Brett Martin, the Transportation Coordinator for the Effingham County Board of Education, said school and law enforcement leaders in the county hope this new program will help decrease a major problem in the area. 

 “We did a study from April to May of last school year and out of three buses that we did the study on, we had over 300 violations in that one month period. So it is a issue that we do need to correct,” Martin said

Drivers caught on camera violating the Stop-Arm law will receive a $250 citation for their first offense. 
The fine goes up with each offense and you’ll get points on your license.

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