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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Chesterfield County Public Schools wants to equip school buses with cameras that ticket drivers who pass while children are boarding and disembarking.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/1KgxRNP) the district began a second test of the technology on April 1, installing cameras made by a Dallas company on 50 buses.

The cameras logged 277 violations in about 30 days. Unlike a previous pilot of the project last year, police have reviewed the would-be tickets generated by the cameras and approved 92 percent as actual violations.

In February, the Board of Supervisors delayed approving an ordinance requested by the school board that would allow the county to start writing tickets.

Drivers caught passing stopped buses would receive a $250 fine. Citations would come in the mail.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com

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