Bus cameras catching violationsApril 29, 2021
By CANDY NEAL
Cameras that have been installed on school buses in Dubois County have led to more citations, as well as to more tips for bus drivers.
“It’s been quite a learning curve for us,” Northeast Dubois Superintendent Bill Hochgesang told the Dubois County Council Monday. “Thank you, on behalf of our students [in the county],” he told the council, “because it’s definitely a safety issue.”
The county provided funding to install cameras on six buses in the county.
Hochgesang has been leading the charge for the cameras and was representing all four school districts — Northeast, Southeast, Southwest and Greater Jasper — that are in discussions with county officials.
As of now, 14 school buses in the county have cameras. So far in this school year, about 50 violations of drivers disregarding the buses’ extended stop arms have been caught on camera. That has led to two misdemeanor charges and more than 30 citations against drivers, Hochgesang said.
“Sometimes we can’t prosecute because of what we are capturing on film,” he said, “whether it’s the bus driver not giving adequate time for a vehicle to stop, or something like that.”
Footage will be used during driver training this summer, he said.
Councilman Craig Greulich, who is a school bus driver, said having the cameras has been valuable. Camera footage has helped to show which stops may not be safe stops, he said.
The school districts want to install cameras on at least 20 more buses this summer. The goal is to have all 88 school buses in the county equipped in four to five years, Hochgesang said.
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