The Bloomington-Normal Public Transit system is replacing the on-board digitial recording system for the bus fleet. At a cost of just over $27,000 the current decade-old system will be replaced with new recording units on 20 buses. Transit system manager Andrew Johnson says the on-board DVRs serve in driver training and provide legal cover.
"If a driver, you know, um had an incident or something and we feel that there might be some re-training opportunities we'll do that. Also you know from time to time we might get a complaint saying that something happened on the bus, and that video allows us to determine whether it did or not."
Johnson says some of the footage pulled for review has been missing. He says some of the DVRs have broken hard drives. Johnson says its more cost effective to purchase the units from the current vendor, Radio Engineering Industries, because the same harness wiring system could be used saving the system close to $15,000.
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