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More than 12,000 cited for ignoring stop signs on school buses

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GWINNETT COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

Officials say 12,400 drivers were cited for ignoring stop signs on school buses in Georgia's largest school district.

The massive number of citations occurred between January and May in Gwinnett County, which is just northeast of Atlanta. 

Justin Knight, 12, is getting set for his seventh grade year, and if it's anything like that last three or four school years, he knows what to expect when he gets dropped off at his neighborhood each day.

"I see hundreds of people fly by the bus. No one cares," Justin said.

This isn't the case of an adolescent who's exaggerating. Gwinnett County school leaders say when it comes to school buses and their stop signs, drivers seem to have an abandonment of common sense.

"This is a typical violation," said Gwinnett County Schools officer Chris Robinson, referencing the video from a camera on a school bus, catching a driver going past an active stop sign.

"Every day that I review the videos and approve the videos for violations, it is shocking sometimes watching just flagrant disregard," Robinson added.

In January, Gwinnett County Schools began installing cameras near stop sign arms of their school buses. Much like a red light camera, they catch drivers passing by, even after the stop sign is out and kids are walking in the road. 

In addition to the roughly 12,400 drivers who were cited between January and May, about 500 of those drivers were caught multiple times.

The first fine for driving through a school bus stop signs is $300, while the second fine is $750. If you're caught a third time, the fine increases to $1000.  School leaders said they plan to add about 70 more cameras to school busses in the coming months, bringing the total number to 300 out of their 1,900 bus fleet.

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