Strong majority supports putting cameras on school buses – 1,304 participants

Dec 21, 2016

Several states have passed laws allowing school districts to mount cameras on school buses to record whether drivers are passing illegally when buses are stopped to let off or pick up children. On December 21, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should NH put cameras on school buses to catch those who pass them illegally?”

“Should NH put cameras on school buses to catch those who pass them illegally?”

School Bus Cameras Citizen Voices Chart

Participation:1,304 participants gave 2,348 responses

A total of 92% of those participating gave a 'yes or no' response to the question. The remaining 8% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a ‘yes or no’ response. In total, 1,304 individuals contributed 2,348 responses or reactions to this question. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said

Yes: A strong majority, at 86% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, supported putting cameras on school buses to catch those who pass them illegally.

  • “Cameras catch bad drivers and bad passengers in the act. Knowing their actions are being recorded often dissuades people from committing bad acts.”
  • “Yes. My son almost got hit by someone not paying attention in the morning who blasted right by the blinking stop sign that extends out from the side of the bus.”
  • “They need to take whatever measures are necessary to protect the kids.”

No: A minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 14%, were against putting cameras on school buses to catch those who pass them illegally.

  • “I've never seen this happen and I get stuck behind school [buses] often. Let's stop with more monitoring of everything everyone does.”
  • “If there is a malfunction with the equipment, innocent people will be issued tickets and the state will have no incentive to find out whether the person is innocent or not.”
  • “If the parents of school bus riders want the cameras, take up a collection among them.”

Other: As noted above, 8% of those participating did not give a ‘yes or no’ response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:

  • Current Enforcement: “It would benefit everyone if [officers] had a training concerning the importance of stopping for school buses.”
  • Cost: “Run the numbers and do a realistic cost analysis.”
  • Related issues: “I think we should put seat belts on school buses.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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