P.E.I.'s Department of Transportation is putting cameras on school buses to discourage drivers who speed by when students are loading and unloading.
Transportation Minister Ron MacKinley said the photo-radar-like cameras would snap pictures of licence plates when a bus has its stop sign out and red lights flashing.
MacKinley tried his own test run.
"I went by at about 60 km/hr and it picked my licence plate right clear off the back of the car. And then I came another way at about 78 km/hr and it picked up my licence plate again. We won't have to have the bus driver to … swear who was driving in court, like be able to testify who was driving and all this. We'll have it all on film."
MacKinley said there were a lot of complaints last year from bus drivers and parents about drivers about speeders — especially on the province's two major highways.
MacKinley doesn't know yet how many buses will be equipped. He's committed to spend $50,000 on the project, enough money for around 40 cameras.
"It's not how many people we can nab. I think once we send a few thousand dollar fines out and people know, it's going to act like a photo-radar. The message will be out there that make people think before they pass a school bus."
People breaking P.E.I.'s school bus law face a $5,000 fine and eight demerit points.