BELOIT (WKOW) — Cameras are now on school buses in the Beloit Turner School District.
This is a pilot program approved by the school board and comes after a police operation in March revealed many drivers were not obeying bus signals.
The operation was called “Operation COAB” or Cop on a Bus, where town of Beloit police officers tracked drivers who went around or passed a bus even though the stop signal was activated. During the week-long operation, police officers gave out seven tickets.
Beloit Turner School District Director of Business Services Brad Boll tells 27 News that drivers are being trained this week how to use the cameras and track violators.
Anytime someone goes around a bus when the stop sign is out, the driver can push a button to mark the time on the video. That video will be shared with the transportation supervisor who can determine if the evidence is enough to be shared with police.
Each bus has two cameras on it. Boll says a front-facing camera shows if a bus’ stop sign is out. The rear-facing camera will hopefully catch license plate numbers.
Boll says the program is not just to hand out citations, but to change behavior around school buses.
The pilot program will last through this school year and a few months into the 2019-2020 school year. Boll says they hope to have some data to give to school board members in November about whether the program is preventing people from violating the signals.