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New law allows for school buses to mount cameras to record traffic violations

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 15: A school bus is stopped while picking up a student in Manhattan's East Village on January 15, 2013 in New York City. Drivers of the city's school buses are set to go on strike tomorrow after negotiations with Mayor Michael Bloomberg failed to reach an agreement; over 150,000 children will need to find an alternate method of transportation to school. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

GRAND BLANC TOWNSHIP, Mich. - A new Michigan school bus law has gone into effect.

The law allows school districts to mount a camera system on the arm of the buses stop sign.

School bus laws are very similar to traffic light laws:

  • A blinking yellow light on a school bus means proceed with caution.
  • A red flashing light means drivers need to stop.

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The new camera state law allows school districts to record vehicles driving by buses when the red lights are flashing.

The district can then submit that video to their local police department who are now able to ticket drivers for the violation.

Grand Blanc Township Police Chief Ron Wiles says you could face a stiff penalty.

Wiles says these would be considered civil infractions, with up to a $500 fine, and the court can also have the guilty party do up to 100 hours of community service.

According to the Chief Wiles, this goes for traffic in both directions, whether you are going in the same direction as the school bus or driving towards the school bus on the opposite side of the street.

There is only one exception.

That exception is if there is a physical barrier, like a cement wall or median.

You need to stop even for a solid or dashed lines on the road.