Oneida County moves toward putting cameras on school buses

The Oneida County Legislature Wednesday unanimously gave the county the power to move toward installing cameras outside school buses in the county.

Posted: Feb 12, 2020 5:40 PM

The Oneida County Legislature Wednesday unanimously gave the county the power to move toward installing cameras outside school buses in the county.

"It allows us to put out an RFP (request for proposals), select a vendor that would install cameras on those districts that are interested and willing to have them on their bus, no cost to the school district," said Oneida County Executive, Anthony Picente, Jr. "The company selected would get a percentage of the fines as levied against the offender that does pass a school bus and is recorded on the system."

The Whitesboro School District supports the resolution the county passed on Wednesday.

"Unfortunately it's daily. In the Whitesboro School District, we probably have passing motorists maybe six or seven times a day," says Transportation Director, Andy Kirk. "From the bus driver's seat, every single one of them's a close call."

Picente says signage throughout the county, and possibly on the buses, will let people know they're being watched. Drivers will be ticketed and heavily fined. What the county did on Wednesday applies to every school district in the county except for Utica.

"It's throughout the county with the exception of the city of Utica because we can only enact in an area in which school districts overlap," said Picente, adding that he doesn't see the cameras being installed on the buses until at least fall.

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