As schools across New York return to session this week, Governor Cuomo yesterday (September 4) announced that State Police will increase their patrols over the coming weeks, in order to crack down on dangerous drivers and keep students safe.
Motorists should be extra careful and watch out for students walking or biking to school. They should also follow all posted speed limits and obey the stopped school bus law.
The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee estimates that 50,000 motor vehicles illegally pass school buses every day across the state. In a one-day enforcement last year, more than 640 stopped school bus tickets were written statewide, but only one of them was in the Central New York region.
“No matter how a child gets to school – whether on a school bus, a bike, a scooter, or on foot – they should feel safe,” Governor Cuomo said. “I urge every driver to do their part — be alert and follow the rules of the road. Drivers who put children’s lives in danger will be held responsible.”
In addition to stepping up patrols, Troopers will once again partner with AAA for their annual “School’s Open – Drive Carefully” campaign.
State Police will be displaying AAA’s “School’s Open” bumper stickers on all marked patrol cars, as an added reminder to motorists to be on the lookout for students.