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Assembly Passes School Bus Camera Legislation

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The New York State Assembly passed legislation yesterday (March 19) that authorizes municipalities to equip their school buses with safety cameras, capable of capturing footage of vehicles that illegally by pass them when they have their emergency stop sign out.

In 2013, it was estimated that there were 64,000 illegal school bus passes in a single day in New York State.

Under current law, a ticket for illegally passing a stopped school bus displaying a red visual signal can only be issued by a police officer who witnesses the violation.

Yesterday’s legislation provides for additional enforcement options by authorizing local governments to impose liability for the failure of drivers to comply with the law prohibiting the overtaking and passing of stopped school buses displaying red visual signals.

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