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New School Bus Laws in Illinois


It's something many of us have done.

We are sitting behind a stopped school bus, letting off kids, and are forced to wait behind their stop sign.

Do you go? Pass the bus and hope you don't get caught?

Starting January 1 in Illinois, your chances of getting caught, will be going up.

A law passed earlier this year will allow schools to add cameras to the outside of their busses, trying to catch people who people kids at risk.

"Most of the times, we find that we don't get the license plate number," says Riverdale Transportation Director Dennis Zuercher. "The driver is more concerned about making sure the kids are stopped."

But, the financial responsibility will fall on the districts to buy the cameras.

"We've heard that it's going to be about $150 for the camera and another $150 for the installation," Zuercher says.

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