Cities and counties will tell you that they add cameras to their school busses for safety, not money. But if safety is the reason, then the results are minor at best.
Citations issued to motorists illegally passing stopped school buses in Gwinnett continue to pile up, but the average amount per day has dropped slightly in recent months. In the first 40-day period of the school year, there was an average of 110 citations per day. Through Nov. 30, that figure dropped to 104 citations per day. And the latest data through Feb. 19 suggests the average has dropped to 100 per day.
While incidents have improved only "slightly", the money generated by the program continues to pile up:
Gwinnett County Public Schools spokeswoman Sloan Roach said through Feb. 19, the district has issued 12,279 citations since the first of the school year. Fines collected during the 122 school days through Feb. 19 equate to $564,846.25.
Since the program began in January 2015, citations have generated $1.1 million.