Harrison County School District installs bus security system

Aggressive drivers be warned that the Harrison County School District is taking measures to report school bus stop arm violators to police.

The district buses now carry a robust camera system that can track plate numbers of passing cars with ease.

Each bus is equipped with $2,000 in back and front facing cameras, amounting to $400,000 in federal funds for the project.

School officials say drivers blowing past the stop arms of buses is the most problematic within subdivisions.

The reason for the new system is mostly one of deterrence, as signs on the buses indicate that the cameras are in place. Assistant Director of Security and Internal Compliance Shannon Nobles said, “She could push a button if there’s a stop arm violation and someone doesn’t stop for her stop sign. She pushes the button — that video is captured, the tag of the vehicle is captured, and that is sent to the district office and then we turn it in to law enforcement and pursue charges.”

Bus driver Sandra Hauersperger said, “The issue is we’ve got to go so fast and get around the school bus. Just take your time, give that child five minutes, two seconds to get on the bus.”

The Harrison County School District implemented the security system this year and is the only one to do so on the Coast so far.

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