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Jenks Public Schools adds new technology to improve safety on buses

Posted at 4:10 PM, Aug 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-06 18:25:11-04

JENKS, Okla. — A dozen buses with 360 degree camera views will join the rotation this fall, adding increased security for at least 5,000 students every day.

Staff with Jenks Public schools tell 2 Works for You they're always looking at new bus technology, from seat belts to improved cameras.

"We're trying to watch for those things. Watch for students, keep everybody safe. And this technology is going to help us to see what's going on to help know if it's time to let kids on or off the bus. Making sure vehicles are stopping and doing what they're supposed to," transportation director Jeremy Hairrell said.

Drivers say safety is a constant concern, especially as they worry about those around them.

"A lot of times people ram you from the back because they're not paying attention, they're texting on their phone or whatever. Stuff like that. And running your reds is terrible. You would not believe that, it's unbelievable," Karen Gwinn said.

The district is noticing a rise in drivers who run red lights.

"I first started here about five years ago and it was happening occasionally. A driver would come in and say "A few people ran red light today." Now it's gotten to where it's daily, happening in the same spots and same locations," Hairrell said.

Gwinn said she's relieved to have extra tools to protect students.

"You really grow kind of like their mom, their grandma. That's how I feel about my kids on the bus. I'm very responsible for them and I think every bus driver in every district, Jenks especially... we're all really tight with their parents," she said.

This was made possible through bond funding. In addition to the 12 buses, the district plans to bring in more in the years ahead.

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