Chesterfield drops school bus camera proposal

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Chesterfield County has scuttled a proposal to install cameras on school buses to catch drivers who illegally pass while children are getting on or off.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports ( ) that officials dropped the idea after Attorney General Mark Herring issued an opinion saying state law does not authorize such programs.

Under the program, violators would have received a $250 ticket in the mail. Herring said officers could issue tickets in person rather than through the mail, but County Attorney Jeffrey Minks said police decided that wouldn’t be cost-effective.

Herring issued the opinion this month in response to a query from Albemarle County, which also had been considering installing cameras on buses. Falls Church and Arlington County abandoned their school bus camera programs in response to the opinion.


Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch,

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