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Stop for the school bus, or a camera may catch you

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Florida is talking about cracking down on drivers who put our kids lives at risk at bus stops.

Lawmakers in Tallahassee are considering giving the go ahead to local school districts to install video cameras. The purpose of the cameras would be to catch drivers who go around a stopped school bus or don't stop for one. The video would be used as evidence for them to be issued a fine.

School bus drivers say they have to deal with that every day.

"It is very scary to think that drivers can't wait a couple of minutes for the bus to finish their stop," Audra McClintock told FOX 13. McClintock is a school bus driver in Polk County.

Investigators say what happened in Haines City earlier this week underscores the danger of breaking the school bus laws.

A 7-year-old girl on the way to her bus was hit crossing the street. Investigators say the driver who hit her didn't bother to stop, despite the fact that the red lights on the bus were flashing and the caution arms were down.

Under Florida law, you can be fined $200, for going around a stopped school bus, and $100 for not stopping for one. But not many people get caught because bus drivers would have to catch their tag number.

"That's almost impossible when you're focusing on students," said Rob Davis. Davis heads Polk County's School Transportation program.

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