Henryetta school officials are warning motorists that they are armed with the ability to track down motorists who illegally pass stopped buses.
“When our community passed the school bond for transportation in September we were able to equip the buses with four cameras inside and four cameras outside,” said transportation director Rick Enis.
He said anyone who breaks the law will get a ticket of no less than $100.
That law means When a school bus is stopped with its red lights flashing and its stop arm extended, you must stop your vehicle at least 20 feet from the bus. Oncoming traffic and motorists approaching the bus from behind may not move until the stop arm is retracted and the red lights are no longer flashing.
"Drivers passing stopped school buses endanger the lives of our children loading onto or unloading the bus," said Enis. “This is a very serious problem, but unfortunately it's difficult for officers to enforce this law. School districts across the state will now have the means to install video cameras and hold reckless drivers accountable.”