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Buses to add stop arm cameras; drivers get raise

School bus drivers got some help from the Gloucester County School Board during the board’s meeting Tuesday at the T.C. Walker Education Center. The board voted to boost the pay for bus drivers and to add stop arm cameras to all county school buses.

The stop arm camera system will be installed and maintained by the company that developed the proposal, according to school division operations director Bryan Hartley, who did not name the company. He said there will be no cost to the school division.

The agreement will involve a partnership with the county and the Gloucester Sheriff’s Office. Hartley said the county would need to pass an ordinance stating that it is illegal to pass a school bus with the arm extended, and set a fine for the violation. He said a $250 fine per violation is recommended as a deterrent and to pay for the project.

Hartley said the company would send footage of the violation to the GSO, which would review and approve it via computer. The company would th...

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