Although the MTA has been planning on outfitting city buses with surveillance cameras for a while now, the cash strapped agency is using the recent, highly publicized beating of one of its drivers, to aggressively pursue that goal. This week, transit officials announced they’ll be installing the expensive devices in hundreds of buses to keep employees safer, which of course is bullshit.

As we’ve noted countless times before, these cams are about as effective at preventing violence as their stickers and automated announcements warning of stiff criminal penalties for those convicted of assaulting drivers.