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Kimberly Officers Using Cameras to Catch Traffic Violators
Kimberly, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV )
Smile, you're on camera.
Police officers in Kimberly are using video to nab potential violators of traffic crimes.
Says Deputy Stacy Gorrell of the Twin Falls County Sheriff’s Office, "an officer will ride the bus with a camera and we'll have chase vehicles to catch violators running the stop arm on the buses."
Several incidents have prompted this new project.
Within the last month multiple complaints have been filed with authorities.
Gorrell notes, "our agency had received a complaint about a vehicle that ran a stop arm on the bus and had almost hit a individual and their child, and that was the time when we decided we needed to do a program."
Ted Wasko of the Kimberly School District says, "the stop arm comes out and the red lights flash and motorists either aren't paying attention or they don't know if that they're supposed to stop."
Law enforcement makes it clear that offenses won't be taken lightly.
Sergeant Dan Thom of the Twin Falls County Sheriff’s Office says, "we're going to try to keep cameras going so we can take that right to court.”
Gorrell adds, “it is a serious offense. It is a misdemeanor… and we are being proactive in taking care of this to promote the safety of our children and the safety of our public.”
The ultimate goal of the project is to get drivers to pay attention when approaching school buses.
Wasko explains, "children are a pretty valuable commodity and we don't want to take any chances when it comes to their safety."
Gorrell says, "We want our public to slow down, think responsibly, take your time, and we want everybody to get where they are going safely."
Keeping kids safe, one bus route at a time.