School Bus Safety Pilot Program in Jones County

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Laurel, Miss.

School bus safety advocates gathered in Jones County to call for more cameras to photograph vehicles that pass stopped buses.

Jones County Sheriff Alex Hodge says his deputies have been working with Jones County School District to enforce Nathan's Law, which requires motorists to stay at least 10 feet from a stopped school bus.

Superintendent Tommy Parker said Tuesday the district is in the pilot phase of a camera initiative. He says cameras have been installed on several buses.

Parker said he hopes the cameras will prevent any more accidents like the one that occurred in December 2009, when 5-year-old died after being struck while getting off a school bus.

Parker tells The Hattiesburg American the goal is to have the cameras eventually installed on all 120 of the district's buses.