Governor Cuomo yesterday (August 6) signed legislation authorizing school districts to install stop-arm cameras on school buses to catch drivers who pass them unlawfully.
About 1.5 million students ride school buses to and from school every year in New York State. Out of concern for their safety, it’s illegal to pass a stopped school bus with its stop-arm activated.
However, more than 850 people were ticketed for doing just that during a one-day enforcement campaign entitled Operation Safe Stop in April 2018.
That amounts to someone passing a stopped school bus over 150,000 times in a 180-day school year.
“No parent should ever have to worry that their child’s bus ride to and from school is anything other than safe and easy,” Governor Cuomo said. “By signing this measure into law, we are providing school districts the tools they need to hold reckless drivers accountable and advancing New York State’s bold initiatives to keep our schoolchildren safe.”
“We are committed to ensuring the safety of our students getting to and from school,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. “This legislation will allow for the installation of cameras on school buses to crack down on drivers who illegally pass them on the road, putting young people’s lives in danger. The effort builds on our other progressive policies to protect students and all New Yorkers from harm.”
- July 14, 2020