RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina education leaders want school-bus cameras snapping evidence of motorists who put kids at risk.
The State Board of Education on Thursday approved a plan to install more cameras in school districts that maximize prosecution of motorists who pass stopped buses.
Money will go to school districts that are reporting violations and have a low percentage of camera-equipped buses.
The chance of a dangerous driver being caught on camera varies statewide. Just 2 percent of Durham’s 260 buses have cameras and none in Roanoke Rapids have them. All of Asheville’s 29 buses have cameras. More than 3,000 vehicles illegally pass a bus stopped to load or unload students each school day.
The board also approved $1.7 million to tutor children who’ve twice failed to show a third-grade reading level.