Durham CEO: Plans underway to address school bus safety
On Thursday, David A. Duke, CEO of Durham School Services, released a new video on YouTube addressing concerns that the company did not respond to complaints about drivers:
Duke says the company has been conducting its own investigation into the Woodmore accident.
Duke says Durham has plans for more multiple safety measures. Duke says “we are implementing secure, nationwide, cloud-based complaint system, that will directly connect every school we serve.” Duke says this will enable Durham to take action on complaints quicker.
The company also plans to install new cameras on all 16,000 buses. These cameras will be on all Chattanooga buses by the end of the year.
Meanwhile, the head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reemphasizing the agency's call for seat belts on school buses in the aftermath of the November 21st crash in Chattanooga.
Administrator Mark Rosekind said at a transportation safety conference in Washington on Thursday that while school buses remain the safest way for children to get to and from school, there are ways to make them safer.
Rosekind noted that the bus that crashed in Tennessee was not equipped with seat belts. He says the recent crash reminds people that there is no more tragic crash than when children are involved.
Federal regulators for the first time called for three-point seat belt on school buses in November 2015.
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