Wyo. School Buses Equipped with Cameras

More than half of Wyoming’s 1,536 public school buses now have surveillance cameras installed on them to record motorists making illegal passes in an effort to increase student safety.

The majority of school buses in Wyoming now feature cameras outside of the buses to catch cars that make illegal passes.

Almost 60 percent of school buses in the state have installed the cameras after a $5 million grant by the state legislature in 2014, according to washingtontimes.com. Wyoming school districts can also install the cameras inside the bus to record students.

The legislature began considering the grant after a student was killed on a highway after exiting a bus with its flashing lights activated in 2011. In all states cars must stop behind buses when they have their yellow flashing lights on.

In total, 902 of the state’s 1,536 public school buses are equipped with the cameras. Officials say they’re seeing a decrease in the amount of illegal passes of school buses, though they caution it’s too early to tell if the surveillance cameras are acting as a deterrent and actually improving student safety.

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