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October 24, 2013 at 6:42 PM

Metro: 85 percent of bus security cameras are working

A King County Metro Transit review of 525 buses with security cameras found that 85 percent of the systems were in working order, says a memo to County Executive Dow Constantine.

The inspections were ordered after a shooting Aug. 12 on a Route 27 bus downtown, when onboard cameras failed to record Martin Duckworth firing at Metro bus driver Deloy Dupuis, who suffered wounds to his arm and cheek.

Another camera set failed when the fleeing Duckworth forced his way onto a nearby Route 120 bus, where he was fatally shot by police.

At the time, bus cameras were being inspected sporadically, whenever police, news outlets, or the county’s risk-management staff requested a video.  About 5,300 downloads were done successfully in the past 18 months, the county says.

Constantine ordered inspections on all 525 buses  that have cameras (out of nearly 1,400 total). Metro says it will now inspect bus cameras every 6,000 miles, at the same time brakes, engines and tires undergo routine checkups.

According to the memo, 6.7 percent of the hard drives, 6.9 percent of the cameras, and 4.6 percent of digital video recorders needed replacement.  Metro General Manager Kevin Desmond said “more resources” would be needed to improve the reliability rate.

Bus driver Dupuis remains on leave, while driver Justin Onedera, the driver of the 120 bus, has returned to work, Metro said this week.

Here is further coverage from Publicola, which reported the findings earlier Thursday.

Comments | More in Government, The Blotter, Traffic & Transit | Topics: King County Metro Transit, security cameras


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