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Queen Anne's County Schools Equip Buses With More Cameras

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One of the cameras aboard a Queen Anne's County school bus (Photo: WBOC) One of the cameras aboard a Queen Anne's County school bus (Photo: WBOC)

CENTREVILLE, Md.-  The buses of today are a bit more advanced than what most of us rode to school in. They have the usual bench seats and the layout is pretty similar. But attached to the ceiling are cameras. Four to five of them per bus.

Margaret Kalmanowicz, supervisor of transportation for Queen Anne's County Schools, says the cameras provide valuable footage to school officials.

"You're able to get down to a concern quickly, pull the tape, and hopefully you'll be able to see what it is you're looking for," said Kalmanowicz.

The addition of cameras provides several angles, which can show numerous interactions between students and the driver.

"We have in most cases five cameras on the bus.  One facing down the steps to the driver, from the back to the front, the front to the back, and two in the middle of the bus," said Kalmanowicz.

The footage from all four of these cameras wind up in a hard drive at the front of the bus.  But it holds more than just video.

"We were able to upgrade to include GPS.  We are able to include the speed that the driver is driving, and also the location is mapped out," said Sydney Pinder, director of operations for the school district.

That means that not just students could be held accountable to the video, but also bus drivers.  But the cameras could also vindicate a driver in an accident, an impartial observer to all on the bus.

"It's certainly been helpful to our administrators, and for our parents to know that this is on buses so we can look into their concerns as well," said Kalmanowicz.

A total of 108 buses have been equipped with the cameras. Kalmanowicz says their buses drive over 1 million miles per year, and this year, the cameras will be rolling on every one of those miles.

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