Suffolk Lawmakers Unanimously Approve School Bus Camera Program

Sophia Hall
November 27, 2019 - 3:34 pm
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CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — Suffolk County legislators on Wednesday passed a bill that allows camera to be mounted on school buses to catch drivers who do not stop for children.

Lawmakers unanimously approved the enforcement program that will fine drivers who fail to halt for school buses with flashing lights and a stop sign out.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports, it’s the law that all drivers halt for a stopped school bus, even on a four-lane road, but drivers pass by at an average of about 90 times per day – especially in the Longwood and Bay Shore school districts.

“It was really driven by children’s safety. You know, we have children from many school districts approach the legislator and speak on their behalf that they were concerned when they were stepping off the bus – whether they were getting on the bus or off the bus – they were just concerned and they brought it forward to us,” said Legis. Rudy Sunderman, who sponsored the bill.

Fines range from $250 to $300 depending on the number of offenses.