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Advocates renew push to add cameras on school bus stop arms

October 11, 2018 07:43 AM

Is New York next? That is a question many of you have been asking for some time now when it comes to taking action to protect students while getting to and from school.

Tens of thousands of cars blow by school buses illegally every single day in New York.

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According to a report from NBC New York, at least 15 states have put school bus stop arm camera laws on the books but New York is not one of them.

Results of one pilot program shared with News10NBC's affiliate, show there were more than six violations on average each day with two buses tested while using cameras.

A bill to make a new law passed the state Senate last year but it stalled in the Assembly.

Supporters plan to reintroduce it. The law would allow school districts to add cameras and fine drivers.

"It's a smart way to get people aware of the issue and also to prevent people from violating the law,” said Democratic Assemblyman David Weprin.

If this bill passes the second time around, there still would not be a mandate. Not all schools would have to install the cameras and issue violations.

This would just be a new option for districts that want to make a change.

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