ROBERTSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – Robertson County Schools will soon purchase new equipment to make sure students get to and from school safely: bus cameras.
The Board of Education voted to purchase cameras for 92 of its school buses at its meeting on Monday night.
Each of the buses will be outfitted with at least three cameras, two in the front and one in the middle of the bus.
“I believe it will instill some confidence with the members of the public who place their children on the buses every day,” said Joshua Hinerman, Supervisor of Transportation for Robertson County Schools.
They will be mounted so they can capture the students, the driver and the side door.
The equipment will allow buses to be tracked on a map and it also has the capability to be viewed in real-time on a computer in the Director of Transportation’s office.
“If one of our school buses should be involved in an accident, we could go to that video footage and look at some triggers that will be available on the units that tell us whether or not they were utilizing their left or right turn signals, did they have the stop sign out because it’ll have those triggers on the video footage itself,” said Hinerman.
The equipment will cost approximately $125,000 to purchase.
The district has 102 buses in its fleet and 25 percent of them already have cameras.