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Cameras catch thousands drive past stopped school buses

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COBB COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

Some drivers are not getting the message and putting children in danger as they head home from school. Cameras are catching more people driving past stopped school buses in metro Atlanta.

We looked at the numbers and found that school bus arm violations are one of the leading causes of traffic offenses in Cobb and DeKalb counties.

While more violators have been caught since cameras were installed in 2012, police tell us the number of offenders are still on the rise.

Bus camera video captured a close call as students nearly got hit by impatient drivers passing a stopped bus, which is illegal. We obtained footage from an incident earlier in the school year that has Cobb County parents worried.

In another dangerously close call in Cobb County, a student got ready to cross the street to get on her school bus when a driver sped by, ignoring the bus stop arm and the child.

Since January, Cobb County has had more than 3,800 violations, despite cameras to capture these violators and a $300 fine. In DeKalb County, more than 1,000 people have been ticketed since the beginning of the school year.

The DeKalb County School District is looking into mounted school bus cameras to help catch people ignoring bus safety laws. In the meantime, the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office is on patrol with cameras on their own.

A DeKalb County officer captured an incident with a body camera earlier this year. A bus comes to a stop with its stop arm extended and traffic behind it stops. But on the opposite side of the street, a driver disregards the flashing lights. The officer starts a pursuit and gives the driver a ticket -- all part of an effort to keep students safe.

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