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Survey: Hundreds of drivers illegally pass school buses in one day

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Survey: Hundreds of drivers illegally pass school buses in one day

KGMI News Reporting
By Karen Taylor

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – A statewide survey reveals that hundreds of drivers illegally passed stopped school buses in just one day, and one local school district is already working to address the problem.

About 3,500 bus drivers in Washington recorded roughly 1,500 people passing their stopped school buses on May 1 this year.

State School Superintendent Randy Dorn is urging districts to install cameras on buses.

Meridian School District Transportation Director Dan Alverts says they are already testing a pilot camera program after they received positive feedback from parents.

Play Dan Alverts on cameras

Alverts says after the pilot is completed, they will decide whether to pursue permanently installing cameras in their buses.

The state survey was conducted at the request of the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation.

Twenty-eight other states also participated.

In total, bus drivers across the nation recorded more than 85,000 instances of cars passing stopped school buses.