New York to let schools put cameras on school bus stop arms

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – Schools in New York state can now install cameras on the stop arms of school buses to catch motorists who put students at risk.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the change into law Tuesday. The Democrat says no parents should have to worry about their children’s safety during their rides to school.

State transportation officials estimate that motorists illegally pass stopped school buses tens of thousands of times each day in the state. In 2018, during a one-day crackdown on the problem, police issued more than 850 tickets.

The camera would be on arms that would extend automatically whenever a bus stops. Drivers caught on camera passing a stopped bus would face $250 fines.

Seventy-five local officials wrote to lawmakers earlier this year urging them to pass the measure.

New York State United Teachers President Andy Pallotta released the following statement:

“This law marks a significant step forward for student safety. With an estimated 50,000 motor vehicles illegally passing school buses every day across New York, bus drivers are constantly on the lookout for these reckless motorists while also keeping an eye on the children in their care. It is our sincere hope that school districts will work quickly to begin installing stop-arm cameras so we can better hold accountable those who show blatant disregard for our kids. We thank the governor and Legislature for putting our children first with this important legislation.”

Associated Press

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