LCSD school bus cameras ensure safety

LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Superintendent Tess Smith said that Lamar County School District will continue to educate and protect their students, one way being school bus cameras.

LCSD installed cameras on their school buses after the district spent over six thousand dollars last year to put cameras on 21 of the 110 buses it has on the road every day.

In 2009, 5-year-old Nathan Key of Jones County died after being struck while getting off a school bus.

Lamar County School District invested in cameras and installed them with the desire to prevent accidents similar to Keys.

The cameras will photograph the license plate of the car that illegally passes a stopped school bus. Smith said the bus driver will also notify the school board officials, so they can easily locate the time stamp to review the footage carefully. LCSD officials will then pursue through law enforcement.

Nathan's law requires motorists to stay at least 10 feet from a stopped school bus. Violators could be fined up to $750 for the first offense, On a second offense, violators face a fine and up to one year in prison.

Seven cars have been filmed passing stopped school buses. Smith did not say if those seven drivers were fined or not.

With a new school year approaching Smith wanted to remind people to pay attention for stopped school buses, stop, slow down, and to watch for those precious children that are getting on or off the bus. She hopes that all of Lamar County will be looking out for them and driving safely, especially when near a school bus.