New technology helps school bus drivers in Jackson keep students safe

School bus dangers are always a hot topic as school starts. On Thursday, a 3-year-old was left alone on bus in Howell for hours. However, school district officials say these situations are few and far between, thanks in part to technology. Schools in Jackson, like many districts in the state, currently have a number of safety features aboard the school buses. They include public announcement systems, fire suppression technology and cameras to monitor student activity. But the newest technology the Jackson School District uses is an exterior camera to take pictures of cars trying to pass the bus. The cameras and videotaping equipment cost the district between $1,000 and $5,000 per unit. So far, school officials have purchased 15 exterior cameras.

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