LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- It's happened to all of us at one time or another.
We are stopped behind a school bus waiting for kids to get on or off. While some drivers wait, we are learning this afternoon, many are not obeying the rules of the road.
The Clark County School District just implemented a pilot program putting cameras on some school buses and the pictures they are showing are alarming.
We see these yellow school buses on the roads all throughout the day and in the most recent bus driver survey in Nevada, drivers pass each bus nearly three times every day.
However, some school buses are different and are equipped with mounted cameras on the sides.
A school bus is stopped with flashing lights as it drops off or picks up children and the camera captures a car illegally passing the bus.
In another angle the camera captures what appears to be the same car passing illegally. CCSD operations manager Andrea Simms says it is what many school bus drivers have seen more and more of on valley roads.
“It really puts our kids at risk any one time puts our kids at risk,” Simms said.
Making 18,000 stops each day, it's a concern when, according to a recent bus driver survey, more than 2,500 drivers passed school buses carrying your children in a single day in May.
“They are transporting the most precious cargo in the world so it's very frustrating sitting in that seat looking out of mirrors and you see something like this occur,” Simms said.
That's where this pilot program comes in.
Two buses are equipped with a couple cameras on the left side of the bus. When a bus is stopped with its flashing lights and stop arm out the cameras start rolling.
“If we have a motorist not paying attention one that reads the license plate and overall view of vehicle and incident at hand,” Simms said.
While the district does not have the authority to use the footage to pass out tickets for passing school buses, the deputy superintendent says the hope is to spread throughout the valley what these cameras capture.
“When you’re looking at numbers that are this high you want to make sure you're doing something to be proactive so no child is harmed, said Deputy Superintendent Kim Wooden.