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Crews install cameras in Beaufort County school buses

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BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) -

After a lot of talk the past few months, school buses in Beaufort County are now being equipped with video cameras.

On Wednesday, crews began installing three cameras with video and audio recording systems in each of the buses. The first is located over the driver's seat, the second in the front of the bus, and the third in the back. It will cost $257,000 to install the cameras on more than 170 school district buses but district officials say the new system is a valuable tool.

"If and when there is a citation that occurs on the buses, the administration will call the bus department and they will then go out to the site. The boxes on the buses will be removed and the information that we're seeking will be placed on a CD-Rom and sent back to the school for administrators to view," said Gregory McCord, Beaufort County School District Chief Student Services Officer. "The video is stored in a locked box inside the bus and administrators say they'll be checking them routinely. When the buses are turned on, the cameras automatically turn on. Each bus, over a month's time, will be spot checked for accuracy."

District officials hope to have all the cameras up and running by the December holiday break.

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