Drivers who passed stopped school buses in Gwinnett County paid $2 million in fines last year

Drivers who passed stopped school buses in Gwinnett County paid $2 million in fines last year

Cameras installed on buses catch drivers violating traffic laws

Motorists in Gwinnett County, Ga., paid about $2 million in fines in 2015 after being caught by surveillance cameras driving past stopped school buses.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the fines are the result of a decision in October 2014 to install cameras on school buses to catch drivers who illegally go past buses that have stopped to pick up or drop off students.

The county government, the Gwinnett County school district and the company that installed the cameras agreed to share the fines collected.

Gwinnett County officials say 23,307 citations were issued in 2015 to drivers. First-time violators pay a $300 fine. Second-time offenders pay a $750 fine. Anyone who has been cited three or more times within five years must pay a $1,000 fine

Gwinnett Recorder’s Court officials said that in 2015, $997,696 in fines were sent to the county government. Through November, the school district received $995,046 in fines, a spokeswoman said.

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