Legislature approves school bus cameras

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Cheyenne, WY (AP) - The state Senate has given final legislative approval to a bill that would help school districts equip their school buses with cameras.

Supporters of House Bill 5 say the cameras will help catch motorists who illegally pass buses stopped to pick up and drop off students.

The bill passed on a 19-11 vote Monday. It now goes to Gov. Matt Mead for his consideration.

It is estimated that buses are passed illegally in Wyoming about 52,000 times every year. In 2011, an 11-year-old girl was struck and killed in Fremont County as she crossed a highway after getting off a school bus that had its flashing lights activated. The driver of the vehicle was convicted of several charges, including homicide by vehicle.

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