INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana House voted 72-22 Thursday to authorize camera enforcement of school bus stop-arm violations.
House Bill 1042, which now goes to the Senate, permits public and private schools that operate bus fleets to contract with camera-enforcement companies that will install cameras on school bus stop-arms and photograph motorists failing to stop when a bus is picking up or dropping off children.
Evidence of an alleged stop-arm violation would be reviewed by a local police officer, who would issue a citation to the vehicle owner demanding payment of a civil fine of $300 for the first violation, $750 for the second within five years and $1,000 for a third violation.
That money would be divvied up among the camera company, schools and police, instead of being deposited in the state's general fund like most traffic violation fines.
Every region representative, except state Rep. Rick Niemeyer, R-Lowell, voted in favor of the proposal.