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New York Senator pushing for school bus cameras

New York Senator pushing for school bus cameras

June 12, 2018 11:58 AM

A New York senator is urging legislative action on a bill to allow automated cameras on school buses.

Senator Catharine Young held a press conference Tuesday to speak on the bill that aims to stop motorists from illegally passing stopped school buses.

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Currently, motorists who pass stopped school buses can only be issued a ticket if a police officer witnesses the violation.

Senator Young explained, “New York, like every state in the nation, has a law making it illegal for motorists to pass stopped school buses – a law that was passed to safeguard student safety. Yet, statistics tell us that an alarming number of drivers – upwards of 50,000 each day – recklessly disregard this law, senselessly putting countless children at risk in the process.”

The proposed legislation addresses this problem by allowing school districts and school bus companies to install automated cameras to detect and capture images of vehicles that fail to stop when the stop arm of the bus is extended to pick up or discharge students. It allows the evidence taken from the cameras to be used by police agencies in prosecuting violators and issuing fines.

The bill would continue the current financial penalties for stop-arm violations with fines of  $250. Unlike situations with police officers involved, the bill would not impose points or imprisonment for convictions.

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