On Monday, November 5th, Mason Public Schools Board of Education approved bids to install video camera systems and stop arm cameras on all of the district buses. The district purchased new buses this summer which have this technology installed. The district’s existing buses, which are not currently equipped will have this technology installed in the next month. Once the installation is complete, all buses will have the most up-to-date technology available to make the transportation of students as safe as possible.
The buses will feature a stop arm camera that will allow the district to capture photos of drivers and license plates of vehicles who pass school buses illegally when the stop arm is out. If this occurs, the district plans to turn these images over to law enforcement for further investigation.
“Recently, we have seen many reports of cars illegally passing buses which have the stop arms out and in some cases causing accidents. Mason has been working on equipping our buses with this technology for many months and are proud to say that we are doing all that we can to prevent accidents from occurring around our students and drivers,” said Ronald Drzewicki, Ed.S., Superintendent, Mason Public Schools.
The Board of Education approved the bid from Holland Bus Company for the purchase and installation of the Angel Trax video systems in the remaining Mason buses for $56,229. Each bus will have 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 Vulcan Series High-Definition 1080P. The cameras are capable of capturing clear high-definition images day or night along with audio. Installation is planned to be completed by mid-December and paid for out of Bond dollars.