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School Bus Stop Sign Cameras To Catch NY Motorists Who Put Kids At Risk

August 10, 2019 - 6:03 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880/AP) – New York is joining 16 other states that have cameras attached to school bus stop arms—a high-tech approach to catching drivers who speed past stopped buses and put children at risk.

Under legislation signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo earlier this week, the cameras will be used to catch drivers who speed around a bus when its stop arm is out.

Drivers caught on camera passing a stopped bus would face $250 tickets, with higher fines for repeat violators.

Police all around the state issued more than 600 tickets during a one-day crackdown last spring.

Among the companies tasked with helping authorities enforce the new law is Rekor Systems.

Riaz Latifullah, the executive vice president of Rekor, said the cameras are mounted on each bus’ stop sign and can capture the entire street.

“It uses machine learning AI to discern the situation next to the bus, and if it sees a violation, it captures the data of that vehicle,” Latifullah said.

Instead of someone going back to look through hours of tape, Latifullah said the system can automatically spot an offender and send information immediately to law enforcement.

“Our system is completely hands-off. You basically turn it on and it does its thing,” Latifullah said.

The first area to see Rekor’s new system is Sullivan County.