FOX 47's Lora Painter spoke with local parents and bus drivers to find out how new upgrades to Mason Public Schools' buses are helping keep students safe.
For the 2018-19 school year, Mason Public Schools has added five new International gasoline buses to its fleet. As Phase 1 of the Capital Improvement Project gets underway, the district has continued following the Stronger, Smarter, Safer mantra by ensuring buses include new technologies to keep students and drivers safe. A total of seven Mason Public Schools buses are now equipped with the video/audio system and the remaining buses within the fleet will be upgraded this fall.
These buses are equipped with Vulcan Series High-Definition 1080P Cameras by AngelTrax. Each bus has four cameras inside that feature a fully articulated lens casing, adjustable vertically, horizontally and 180 degrees in any direction at installation, to obtain the desired view of the vehicle's interior. The cameras are capable of capturing clear high-definition images day or night along with audio.
The buses are also equipped with an exterior driver's side Stop Arm camera. This camera is strategically placed below the stop arm of the bus to capture vehicles who violate the School Bus Stop Law which prohibits motorists from passing a bus when the red or amber warning lights are flashing.
Last, the buses are now equipped with a Leave No Student Behind Post Trip Inspection System. This alarm system ensures that the driver must check the interior front to back for children left on the bus before disarming the alarm which is located in the rear of the bus. If a driver does not do this, an alarm will sound and a second alarm will sound until the driver performs the post trip inspection.