Wallingford issues $14K in fines for passing stopped buses

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WALLINGFORD — The school district for Wallingford issued $14,000 in fines last year to drivers who were videotaped passing stopped school buses.

The school system worked with Arizona-based Redflex Traffic Systems to install cameras on two buses in January 2016.

The Record-Journal  reports police ticketed 31 drivers based on the video footage. The fine for illegally passing a stopped school bus is $465 in Connecticut.

A three-year contract with Redflex calls for the company to receive a portion of the net collection.

Wallingford police received footage of a total of 71 vehicles passing school buses, but authorities didn’t issue tickets in all cases.

Police say it can be difficult to say whether a violation occurred in cases where traffic is moving quickly and a full stop would be hard for drivers.