Rochester Public Schools adds cameras to buses through state grant to help reduce traffic infractions
The total investment in the Rochester buses was roughly $300,000.
ROCHESTER — External cameras have been installed on 104 buses used by Rochester Public Schools in order to reduce the number of drivers who ignore the stop sign arms while buses transport district students.
Rochester Public Schools contracts with First Student for its school bus service.
First Student received funding for the project from a grant through the Office of Traffic Safety. In total, OTS dispersed $14 million grants around the state for the cameras. The total investment in Rochester was roughly $300,000.
"These cameras are meant to provide additional accountability to motorists who fail to stop for the stop arm," said Jenifer Doyle, First Student safety manager.
The upgrades include two different external cameras to each bus, providing footage of different angles. In total, there are 208 new cameras to the fleet of buses the district contracts for.
According to Rahya Geisler, coordinator for the School Bus Camera Grant, the funding has provided cameras for about 60% of the school buses in the state, or 7,000 buses.
Since the cameras were installed in the Rochester buses on Feb. 17, First Student has reported 38 violations to the Rochester Police Department. Doyle added that there are "hundreds" of such violations in the course of a year.
"These cameras are another tool in our tool box to ensure the safety of our kids," said Jeff Kappers, RPS Transportation director. "We all have a part to play in our students' safety."