City debates GPS in school buses

April 23, 2009 3:08:40 PM PDT
A new high-tech school bus system could help prevent children from being left behind. But will New York City approve it? New Jersey school bus driver Al Burton works with the technology, which protects both himself and the school children he drives.

He says it helps him check for sleeping children.

The same system keeps track of the exact, real-time location of each company bus. In fact, the bus company manager says the device has many important uses.

But that is not good enough for members of the City Council's transportation and education committees.

The need for a tracking system in the city has been made clear a number of times, including the case last September of 5-year-old Gaby Lopez, who went missing for six hours after falling asleep in the back of a school bus.

The city Department of Education is not testing the same system being used in New Jersey. But Thursday's hearing was the first step in legislation that would set a deadline of a few months for putting GPS systems in city school buses.


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