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State looks to mandate cameras on school buses

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  A bill before the state legislature would mandate Georgia school buses be equipped with video cameras.

The proposal would require all buses purchased on or after January 1, 2012 to be equipped with video cameras. The Dougherty County School System is ahead of the curve. Each bus in their 160 bus fleet is equipped with four cameras, to monitor the door, front, middle, and rear of the bus. Transportation Director Kenneth Williams says it's for the safety of everyone on board.

"It's for the safety of the students and also it protects the students and the driver for any incident that might occur," said Kenneth Williams, Dougherty County School System Transportation Director.

Transportation officials check the video as often as once a day for incidents. Dougherty County's cameras record moving, color video, and include night vision so images can be seen clearly any time of the day. For school systems without cameras, the legislation does not address the cost. Transportation dollars were cut for school systems this year.


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