School bus cameras: Montgomery County has most violations in one-day test

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Montgomery County is the leader in the clubhouse when it comes to drivers ignoring stop signs on school buses, according to a test run by the Maryland State Department of Education.

In a one-day test executed this past April, more than 32 percent of the 4,657 violations recorded statewide took place in Montgomery County, officials say. That total number is nearly 2,500 lower than in 2011, when a single-day test recorded 7,000 violations.

However, 1,494 of the 4,657 observed stop-sign runs during the test happened in Montgomery County, where that county's school system is hoping to have enforcement cameras installed on school buses later this year.

The school bus camera program has already been implemented in Frederick County, where they were installed in late August.

"There are no excuses for this violation," Maryland State Superintendent Lillian Lowery said in a statement. "We need to keep Maryland school children safe."

All 24 of Maryland's school systems took part in the one-day test, including 63 percent of the state's bus drivers. Baltimore County came in behind Montgomery County as having the second most violations in the survey. Remarkably, Kent County on Maryland's Eastern Shore didn't record a single person running a school bus stop sign.