Metro Atlanta school district collects $573,425 in traffic fines - CBS46 News

Metro Atlanta school district collects $573,425 in traffic fines

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GWINNETT COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

After installing 300 cameras on school buses in January, thousands of tickets have been issued and more than half a million dollars collected in Georgia's largest school district.

The Gwinnett County School District, located just northeast of Atlanta, collected $573,425 in traffic fines.

“We want people to follow the law, so our students are safe,” said Sloan Roach, who is the executive director of media relations for Gwinnett Public Schools.

The first time a driver fails to stop behind a school bus flashing its red lights, he or she will be fined $300. The second offense will cost a driver $750 and with the third you’ll have to shell out $1,000.

“It’s to get your attention, to make you aware that there are children out there on the side of the road, getting on the school bus,” said Jennifer Presley, a police officer with the school district.

Officials with Gwinnett Public Schools said within the first three weeks of this school year, more than 19 hundred tickets were issued. So CBS46 dug deeper to find out where all of that money is going.

“We’re using that money to cover the officers that are looking and reviewing all of this. We’re also using the money for transportation safety-related items,” said Roach.

She said the school system and county government split a percentage and a percentage is given to the camera company. Roach also mentioned the funds cover court costs.

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