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Montgomery County votes to put cameras on school buses

ROCKVILLE — Officials in Montgomery County have voted to begin installing cameras on school buses to catch and fine drivers who illegally pass the buses while students are getting on or off.

The Montgomery Council voted Tuesday to start installing the cameras, which are expected to cost between $5,000 and $8,000 each. Drivers caught by the cameras can be fined up to $250.

County police issue about 250 citations each year to drivers they catch passing school buses. But officials believe that’s only a small fraction of the people breaking the law.

The new cameras will be concentrated on buses that drive on routes where police have identified high numbers of offending drivers.

Montgomery is the third county in Maryland, behind Frederick and Calvert, to pass such legislation.