Pitt County to add cameras on every school bus

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) -Pitt County Schools is stepping up safety for your kids on school buses.

This comes after the Board of Commissioners approved a $25 million bond for the school system earlier this week.

We’ve heard a lot about Pitt County’s efforts to increase bus safety over the past couple years. The latest upgrade is installing cameras on every single bus.

Right now, Pitt County Schools operates 220 buses and about 50% of those already have cameras. The board approved allocating $399,000 to add cameras to each bus and upgrade existing cameras. Each bus will have 3 cameras: one facing the front, one in the middle on the inside of the bus, and one pointing at the entrance by the driver.

PCS Facilities Services Security Specialist Jeff Hudson says the cameras will help ensure safety on and around school buses.

“We’ve had a lot of incidents where traffic’s been passing our school buses with signs out. And so we know video’s kind of an area that we need to look at some video in that,” Hudson said.

School officials evaluate this video for things like student misconduct, driver error, or violators on the roads.

Right now, they’re still in the planning phases and don’t estimate being able to start installation for another 6 months.

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