Bethel school buses outfitted with cameras to catch drivers passing illegally

The Bethel School District will begin cracking down Monday on drivers who pass school buses illegally.

Special cameras have been affixed to approximately 10 district buses. The cameras will take pictures of vehicles passsing buses when they should be stopped.

The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department will review the photos, and a $394 fine will be issued for those who break the law.

Last year Bethel school bus drivers reported more than 50 violations in one day, according to the school district.

The camera-equipped buses will rotate between routes to target areas where they are most needed.

To learn more about when to legally pass a school bus, visit the “ Bethel Stops for Buses” link on the district website, bethelsd.org.