New bus camera system helping to fulfill Somerset County School District goal of keeping kids safe

SOMERSET CO., Md.- Somerset County School District has a new school bus safety program and it’s already proving to be a success.

The District and the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office partnered with a safety technology company called BusPatrol. They’ve installed cameras on the inside and outside of all their buses that can pick up if a driver fails to stop for a bus, which could lead to a $250 citation. We are told since going live with this program in April they’re proud with the results they are seeing. They are not only keeping kids safe but also taking off some of the burden bus drivers faced before.

“The drivers would try to get a tag number and also watch the students getting on and off the bus; this here takes the load off of them 100%,” Lemuel White Somerset County Sheriff’s Corporal and SCPS Bus Driver Trainer,” said. “Now, their main job is to focus on the kids and the kids only that is it.”

In a bus training event Tuesday, drivers got to learn more about this program and how it works. We’re told from April to the end of the school year the bus camera systems captured 98 traffic violations, 57 of which resulted in citations.

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