Councillor wants cameras on school bus stop arms

An east end councillor says the stop arms of school buses should be equipped with cameras to make it easier to convict drivers who don't obey the law.

Provincial rules dictate that you have to remain behind a stopped school bus, and not drive around to pass it.

But Councillor Stephen Blais said he's hearing from several bus operators that more and more drivers are ignoring the rule.

He thinks impatient motorists might behave differently if their rule-breaking is caught on camera.

"These cameras can provide one more tool for enforcement. Police officers don't have to be there and catch them on camera," he said. "With the changes to the legislation, we hope to make it just like a red light camera where you get caught, you're guilty, you pay the fine, you get your (demerit) points and hopefully more people realize this is happening."

Blais has to convince his city council colleagues to back his proposal when it's up for debate in two weeks, but ultimately must convince the provincial government since the rules are under its jurisdiction.

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