As children across New Brunswick gear up to return to school, the provincial government is trying to make good on a commitment to keep students safe.
Officials were in Moncton on Wednesday to announce it is investing in stop arm cameras on school buses, which will record drivers any time they pass a school bus while the stop arm is extended.
The cameras, purchased from Nova Communications, will cost the province up to $690,000.
“During the school year, thousands of students board our buses to get to and from school,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Bill Hogan in a news release.
“Continuing and expanding our school bus camera program will make a significant difference when it comes to helping keep our students safe.”
Joe Hickey, president and CEO of Rock Networks, the parent company of Nova Communications, said his company’s products enhance the safety of communities and children.
Vehicles that pass a stopped school bus can put children at risk, especially when crossing the street.
“When we have opportunities to invest in the private sector and help support student safety, it’s a win-win for all,” said Service New Brunswick Minister Mary Wilson in a news release.
“Supporting New Brunswick suppliers also helps create jobs and strengthens the economy of our province and communities.”