How local schools track the speed of buses

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Following the fatal bus crash in Chatanooga, Tennessee, CBS North Carolina wanted to know if buses in the area are equipped with GPS or speed monitoring devices.

North Carolina law states all yellow schools buses must have governors installed to prevent them from traveling faster than 45 mph.

WAKE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Wake County school buses are equipped with GPS devices capable of tracking the speed of every yellow bus. Officials will look to see if a driver has been speeding if a complaint is received. A bus driver is given a verbal warning following their first offense. A written reprimand is given after a driver’s second offense. Wake Schools said the majority of drivers are “unfailingly safe.”

DURHAM PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Durham Public Schools buses are equipped with GPS devices capable of tracking speeds. But the system does not yet have the capability to report speeding by drivers. All buses in the district are limited to traveling at 45 mph.

JOHNSTON COUNTY SCHOOLS

All Johnston County Schools buses are equipped with systems to record speeds. The device will create a notification if the vehicle exceeds speed limit according to the GPS.

CHAPEL HILL CARRBORO CITY SCHOOLS
All buses are have a GPS and speed tracker installed.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY
Buses are equipped with a GPS tracking device capable of tracking speed. The speed monitoring system will notify school officials if a bus moves faster than 45 mph. Cumberland County Schools has not learned of a bus traveling more than 45 mph in the last two years.

CLINTON CITY SCHOOLS
Clinton City Schools buses have GPS devices but they are not fully operational currently. Once those devices are online, they will monitor speed.

FRANKLIN COUNTY
GPS tracking systems are used to monitor the speed of a bus that is reported or believed to be driving over posted speed limits lower than the bus’ governed limit of 45 mph.
Franklin County Schools officials said there have been less than three potential speeding reports on average each year.

GRANVILLE COUNTY
GPS tracking devices were installed on the district’s buses this year. The GPS devices monitors speed but no automatic alerts are set up related to speed, officials said.
If they believe a driver has been speeding, they will check the data collected by the equipment. They do not have any recorded instances of speeding yet.

HARNETT COUNTY
Harnett County buses have GPS tracking but the devices do not monitor speed. Transportation Director and staff will investigate if a driver is believed to have been speeding. The district reports a few “isolated instances” of drivers speeding over the last two years.

HOKE COUNTY
Hoke County buses are equipped with GPS devices capable of monitoring speed. Administrators will receive a report if a vehicle exceeds the speed limit.

LEE COUNTY
Lee County Board of Education approved the purchase of GPS systems for buses. The system is scheduled to be installed in January. District officials said camera systems can currently check the speed of a bus but no speeding complaints have been verified over the last two years.

NORTHAMPTON COUNTY SCHOOLS
Northampton County School Board had GPS devices installed on buses this summer. The devices are capable of providing live monitoring a bus’s speed and location.

PERSON COUNTY SCHOOLS
GPS devices were installed on buses in the Spring of 2016. The devices are capable of monitoring speed.

SAMPSON COUNTY SCHOOLS
Buses are equipped with GPS devices capable of monitoring speed. The devices were installed for the 2016-17 school year.

VANCE COUNTY
Vance County Schools said it is in the process of equipping buses with GPS devices and expect them to be read in the Spring. Those devices will be able to monitor speed.

WILSON COUNTY SCHOOLS
Buses are equipped with GPS devices that monitor the vehicles’ speeds.

CBS North Carolina has not received a response from:

Chatham County
Edgecombe County
Halifax County
Johnston County
Moore County
Nash-Rocky Mount Schools
Orange County
Warren County
Wayne County
Weldon City Schools

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