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Posted: August 13, 2012 4:30 p.m.

Carroll Co. schools add cameras to buses

CARROLLTON (AP) — A west Georgia school system is the latest to add school bus cameras aimed at nabbing motorists who break traffic laws, officials said.

The Carroll County school system has installed high-resolution cameras to the front and rear driver's side of its school buses, Tempe, Ariz.-based American Traffic Solutions said in a statement.

The company says the cameras can capture images of motorists who illegally drive by stopped school buses while students are getting on and off the bus. The cameras can also capture images of license plates.

The Carroll County Sheriff's Office will work with the school system to review video of violations and license plate images for final approval prior to a citation being issued, ATS said.

In Georgia, penalties range from a $300 fine for a first violation to a $1,000 fine for a third violation within a five-year period. A company spokesman said its cameras are also used in Newton County, Muscogee County and Carrollton.

Last year, school officials in Cobb County, just northwest of Atlanta, installed similar technology. More than 100 cameras were installed on Cobb County school buses to capture video of drivers passing a school bus while the stop arm is down.

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