MPS buses get digital cameras

By John Shryock - bio | email

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Digital cameras. You'll find them on cell phones, some intersection redlights and now onboard every traditional Montgomery Public School bus. "This is an important tool for administrators," said MPS Superintendent John Dilworth.

The school system already had approximately 50 buses equipped with cameras. Special Education buses won't be fitted with the systems.

"Having cameras on our buses not only will help motivate students to behave properly, it there is a problem we can quickly identify those who are responsible and take appropriate action," Dilworth said.

The cameras will record the cabin of the bus while it's in operation and will not be used for any other purpose other than to monitor those trips says the MPS Communication Office in a news release.

Thieves who would consider the new digital cameras a tempting target should think twice. The cameras were specifically designed for school buses and, if stolen, become useless. MPS also says, in the event a camera were stolen, the video would not be accessible.

The cameras cost the school system around $1,000 each at a total cost of $158,000, according to MPS Spokesman Tom Salter.

Salter says a few cameras are still being installed, but will be ready when buses start rolling on August 11th.

New Phone Line

The Montgomery Public School system is also unveiling a new phone line for those needing information on bus routes.

The number is 223-6900 and will be staffed by transportation specialist from 8am to 6pm through August 11.

After that date the hours of service are 9:30am to 1pm from August 12 through 22.