This Isn't A Rockwell Song; It's Wake County School Busses

Apr 12, 2017

School busses in Wake County will be fully equipped with cameras.
Credit Dave DeWitt / WUNC

Students riding Wake County school buses will soon have a new reason to smile: They'll be on camera.

The district plans to install security cameras on 740 of its buses by June.

The project has been two years in the making, and is costing Wake County schools $1.7 million, according to a district spokesperson.

School officials hope the cameras will deter student bullying and misbehavior, reasons bus drivers often cite for quitting.

Four cameras in each bus will provide complete interior coverage. That includes the back seats, which drivers typically have difficulty monitoring. Recording will be continuous, and the footage wirelessly downloadable by school officials.

Wake County started testing security cameras in 2015, and 102 of the district's buses already have them.