School bus STOP signs really do mean STOP!
Drivers ignoring red lights and STOP signs put kids at risk. Washington State is one of 15 states that allows cameras to be mounted outside school buses to keep students safe by recording motorists who illegally pass and put kids at risk. When the STOP signs come out, they turn on 5 cameras which automatically record whether nearby cars come to a STOP for kids.
Roughly 8 kids a year are killed by drivers who ignore school bus STOP signs. This is a preventable tragedy. One estimate says American drivers illegally pass school buses over 13 million times each year.
School police review the videos of those caught on camera and can send citations to violators who are fined. The cameras do generate a lot of money. Sometimes the money received is split between the camera company and the school district.
Some school buses have a 6' safety extender on their STOP sign that actually extends into the next lane and blocks traffic from passing the buses. (Source: Missing the Bus, Cameras show drivers totally ignoring stop signs, CBS This Morning and CBS Evening News, September 14, 2016)