Posted: Aug 25, 2011 6:45 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Aug 25, 2011 6:50 PM
BATON ROUGE - The process of installing cameras on East Baton Rouge school buses is about to begin, but the school district isn't footing the bill.
The school board recently approved a measure to put the cameras on 35 of the district's 600 buses, at a cost of $7,000 per camera. The devices activate when a bus stops to offload or pick up passengers.
According to spokesperson Chris Trahan, the company that owns the cameras will pay for installation and maintenance, then recoup the money through traffic tickets issued from pictures taken by the cameras.
Bus driver Shantil Riley said she hopes the cameras make drivers pay closer attention around buses.
"We're constantly having people pass us up on the bus all the time. It actually happened to me yesterday," she said.
Each bus will have three cameras which will capture images of license plates from traffic going in both directions.
Trahan said the cameras should be fully installed before the end of the school year.