RALEIGH, NC -- It's back to school day for most North Carolina public school students.
Highway Patrol officers and school districts are reminding drivers to obey the law and stop and remain stopped while the school bus has its stop sign and flashing red lights engaged.
'Student safety is top priority for school bus drivers and school transportation staff,' State Superintendent June Atkinson said. 'We want our students to arrive at school safely and to be delivered home safely. '
In 2013, $1.38 million was set aside by the North Carolina General Assembly to pay for stop arm camera systems so least two school buses in nearly every school district. So far, nearly 500 school buses have been the cameras installed. List of districts and number of stop arm cameras on school buses
There are two each in Bertie County , Currituck Co., Perquimans Co. and Tyrrell Co. There are 5 buses equipped with the cameras in Pamlico and six in Dare Co.
State officials say school bus drivers reported more than 3,000 vehicles illegally passed their stopped buses during the one day stop arm count. Drivers reported 83 instances in 2013-14 that vehicles passed the bus on the right side, where students are loading and unloading.
Since 1999, 13 students have been killed while boarding or exiting a school bus; and four of those deaths occurred in the 2012-13 school year .