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Austin ISD School Bus Camera Tickets Begin Monday

Those who pass a stopped Austin ISD bus with its crossing arm extended will be issued a ticket starting Monday.

Austin ISD said students' safety is paramount and believes the new stop arm safety cameras will make a difference. Video from bus cameras show many drivers don't slow down, and some even speed up when passing stopped buses.

"Some of these are just blatant passes of the bus," said Austin ISD Police Chief Eric Mendez. "It's only a matter of time before a student is struck and we don't want that to happen."

Mendez said in the 30 days since AISD began monitoring its new cameras, they have seen 330 violations. Beginning Feb. 8, drivers caught on camera passing a bus loading or unloading kids will get a $300 ticket in the mail.

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