PURVIS, Miss. (AP) - The Lamar County School Board has voted 3-2 not to hire a Phoenix firm to install cameras on school buses to catch drivers who are passing the stopped buses.
Board member Mike Pruitt, who voted no, told The Hattiesburg American (http://hatne.ws/RZlBlI) he wasn't against installing the cameras, but objected to the way the firm intended to make its money.
The firm, Redflex Traffic Systems, would make a profit by taking $200 to $300 of the $350 to $700 fine levied for passing a stopped school bus. The cost to the district to install, operate and monitor the cameras would be zero.
Redflex's Jill Meinke made the pitch for her company to bring cameras to the school district's bus system at a school board work session this week.
Information from: The Hattiesburg American, http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com
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