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WCSD Installs Exterior Bus Cameras

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The next time you want to pass a school bus with its lights flashing and signs out, you might want to reconsider.  The Washoe County School District has added exterior cameras as an extra safety feature. 

The district started installing exterior cameras in 2013. Since then, they have been in a trial period.  Washoe County is happy with the results, so now those cameras will be implemented district-wide. 

"We are probably a third of the way through the fleet having them," said Rick Martin, Director of Transportation for Washoe County School District. "We are continuing on with that so hopefully we'll have that project done within the next couple of years. Our goal is 100%."

The system only costs the district a couple hundred dollars per bus, plus the cost of installation. The cameras continuously roll when the bus is turned on. When a driver passes the bus, the driver has the ability to mark the time the incident occurred, and then the footage is passed to school police for further analysis. 

WCSD tells us if someone were to file a complaint on a driver who illegally passed a bus then that footage could be used as supporting evidence. However, due to Nevada state law the footage alone would not be able to be used to cite a driver. 

Martin says there has never been an accident involving a student getting hit by a car while exiting a bus. However, it's never a good thing to be complacent with the security in place. 

"We have been very fortunate in that area," he said. "Sometimes when you have that length of safety record, you get a little complacent. Obviously we want to continue to keep that diligence up and awareness out there."

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