CAMBRIDGE, Md. - Jim Gilbert is a Dorchester County school bus driver.
For 5 years now, it has been his responsibility to make sure students on his route make it to and from school safely.
Gilbert says students count on the lights and the bar on his bus to stop traffic. At least once a month, Gilbert says cars zip past his bus when he stops to drop kids off back home.
"Just one time to me is too much," said Gilbert.
Dorchester County officials agree and are now looking to install cameras on the outside of school buses. According to American Traffic Solutions, the cameras would automatically detect a vehicle passing the stopped bus once the stop arm extends.
Just like that, violators are caught on camera.
The program would initially target three of the biggest problem areas in Dorchester County. According to the school district's transportation manager Bill Fleming, the three major areas of concern right now for the county are on the following bus routes: route 50 near the Mill Pond; route 16 in East New Market; and route 392 in North Dorchester.
"The most dangerous time for students is loading and unloading from the school bus," said Fleming in a phone conversation with WMDT. "When motorists don't stop for the red light of the school bus, they are endangering the lives of students."
Dorchester County sheriff James Phillips says his deputies pulled over close to 25 vehicles last year for driving past buses when their red
lights are on.
"Unfortunately, we have a lot of motorists that for whatever reason are looking to get where they are going and don't pay any attention to the red lights," said Phillips.
If the program is approved, Phillips says violators would be footing the bill for the system.
"It's no cost to the citizens of Dorchester County," said Phillips.
"Maybe people will think twice instead of trying to scoot past the bus," said Gilbert.