WCAV-WVAW-WAHU | Charlottesville, Virginia | News

New School Bus Cameras for Drivers, Not Students

By: News Email
By: News Email

May 10, 2013

Albemarle County School plan to install three small cameras on every county bus, and its not to monitor the students.

"We've know that there's been a problem with vehicles not stopping for school buses." says William Deane with Albemarle County Public Schools Transportation.

When a school bus is stopped and its stop sign is extended, drivers coming up from behind and in the other lanes are suppose to stop, but they don't always do. This can endanger children who are getting on and off the bus and need to cross the street to do so.

To help combat this, Albemarle Schools is conducting a test camera program with three of their buses.

"One of them is filming the stop sign itself and the other two are looking at each other down the length of the bus to see the front and back of any vehicles that might be passing by." says Deane

Parents who have students in the county say this is a big problem. One mother tells us she has even yelled at a driver who she saw pass a bus.

"The front line for this has certainly been our bus drivers, but certainly parents call when they see these violations occur." say Dean, who added, "...other motorists call when they see it happen saying what can we do how can we help."

However, some say the cameras bring up financial and privacy issues. Deane says this doesn't outweigh the safety concerns.

"We're protecting the privacy of those who are complying with the law but at the same time we are able to keep our kids safe and that there are consequences for putting our students in jeopardy."

Albemarle County School says they have not decided wether or not they will go forward with the planned cameras, but that if they do, they hope to have them all installed by next fall.

The comments sections of Newsplex.com are designed for thoughtful, intelligent conversation and debate. We want to hear from our viewers, but we only ask that you use your best judgment. E-mail is required, but will not be displayed with comment.

  • Comments cannot be profane or vulgar. We will not post comments that use profanity or cross the lines of good taste.
  • We will not post comments that use hate speech. Slurs, stereotypes and violent talk aren’t welcome on our website.
  • Comments should not attack other readers or people featured in our stories personally. Any accusations should be backed up with facts.
  • Any comment we post will be posted in its entirety. We do not edit any comment that we post.
  • Comments should contribute to the discussion. We will not post comments that don't advance the discussion. Flaming and/or trolling will not be tolerated.
  • Comments should not attack other posters. Let's keep the focus on the content of the story.

    As a host Newsplex.com welcomes a wide spectrum of opinions. However this is a site that we host. We have a responsibility to all our readers to try to keep our comment section fair and decent. For that reason The Newsplex reserves the right to not post or to remove any comment.

    If you have any ideas to improve the conversation or this section let us know. Send an e-mail to webmaster@newsplex.com.


powered by Disqus
The Charlottesville Newsplex 999 2nd Street S.E. Charlottesville, VA 22902 434.242.1919 – Main 434.220.7522 - Newsroom
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 207010931