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Cumberland County School Buses Get Cell Phones

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FAYETTEVILLE — A new program designed to keep students safe has included cell phonesas a part of the safety features on Cumberland County school busesthis year.

All 52 buses will have the phones to aid drivers in getting help ifneeded.

"It's the best thing they actually did for safety reasons if somethinghappens to one of the kids we can call 911," said Carolene Sandoval, busdriver.

Safety is extremely important on these buses. They carry all of the county's exceptional children. Including Ann Lucero's son Ben, who's autistic.

Lucero said the phones make her more comfortable.

The phones tuck away in compartments right on the dashboard so they caneasily be taken in and out. Drivers can dial the police department,sheriff's department, 911; they can use the phone for any type ofemergency.

Most parents are just glad to know that if something does happen helpis now within reach.

There's no worry of the phones being stolen. The drivers simply take thephones with them when they're done with their shifts. The CumberlandCounty school system would eventually like to put phones in all of theschool buses.

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