Alpine School District to install cameras outside of buses

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UTAH COUNTY -- Bus drivers say dozens of people ignore stops arms every day, which puts kids in danger.

Right now the Alpine School District is testing a surveillance video system on its buses to catch drivers who go around the stop signs.

“We are finding more and more vehicles that are not paying attention to traffic laws,” said Shaun Adams with Alpine School District’s Transportation Department. “When the stop sign is out and the red lights are flashing, we have a lot of vehicles drive right on through.”

Bus drivers attribute the increase in violations to distracted driving.

“You'll see people doing their makeup, you'll see people drinking or spilling their coffee, and then of course the technology -- cellphones, GPS,” Adams said.

The district is trying out a new camera system mounted on the outside of the bus to deter drivers from passing when lights are flashing.

The district turns the video of violations over to police.

“What this is all about for us is the safety of the children and driver behavior modification,” said Doug Frasier with Gatekeeper Systems the company that designed the camera system. “So we are hoping by being able to find evidence that there will be some fines, some public awareness on this and the behavior of drivers will change and they become more aware of it.”

Because of the system’s steep price tag of $4,000 per unit, officials expect to install cameras on a handful of buses throughout the district.


  • Stinger

    How is this different than what West Valley City tried to do with photo cop. They had to take them down and reverse many tickets. I think this will be determined to be illegal have to be removed from the buses. Once again another government agency wasting tax payers money. This should be spent to educate our children. To bust people running past the bus stop sign let the driver report what stops are the worst and the police to monitor this. Are we going to replace the cops with cameras?

    • Eric Anderson

      Not the same thing. “Photocop” was just a thinly veiled road tax. Ignoring the flashing red lights on school buses kills kids. I’m all for this one. The cops can’t follow every bus around. But every hot-headed idiot who can’t stop for a school bus needs to get popped, one way or another.

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