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Bus Cameras Could Increase Safety

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SOMERSET, Md.- School buses in Somerset County may be getting an upgrade. District officials say they want to install external bus cameras to prevent accidents and act as a deterrent. Somerset County already has internal cameras in every bus to help prevent accidents inside the bus.

The Somerset County Board of Education says it wants to prevent "flybys."  They say that's when drivers disregard bus signals and pass when a bus is stopped dropping off children.

Leo Lawson, Supervisor of Public Relations said, "It can act as a deterrent and prevent something from happening that would be tragic and devastating to the community and to the family of an individual."

The camera would be attached to the rub rail of the bus, right behind the stop sign. It would record traffic going both directions. It could also take pictures.

The transportation supervisor said the benefits are two-fold.

"They do provide a measure of security or safety to capturing flyby cars that are passing stopped school buses. The other measure is that if a bus happens to be in an accident the exterior camera can capture that as well," Gregory Sutton said.  

Sutton said one flyby is one too many and the kids' safety during their commute to and from school is most important to him.

"I look at the children on the school bus as my children or grandchildren, and I try to get the bus drivers to feel the same way," Sutton said.

The cameras cost over $3,000. The officials said it would be money well spent.

The Somerset County Board of Education is waiting on the commissioners final decision. They said it would be unrealistic to have the cameras installed by the beginning of the school year.
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