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School Districts Could Soon Mount Cameras On Buses To Catch Reckless Drivers

May 07, 2019 - 7:45 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — An agreement in the New York State Senate clears the way to allow school districts to install cameras on school buses. 

Cameras mounted on school buses would be designed to keep people from driving past the buses when students are getting on and off. 

The proposal comes after a study on Long Island showed just how common it was for drivers chose to ignore signals.

“There were dozens and dozens, if not hundreds and hundreds, of violators that actually went by that stop sign on the school bus itself,” said Queens Assemblyman David Weprin.

He feels the issue could be a matter of life and death, which is why he supports mounting cameras on school buses to capture violators.

“You have one incident and, god forbid, one tragedy, it makes the program all worthwhile,” he said.

If drivers are captured driving past school buses while the stop signal is down, they would face a $250 fine. Repeat offenders could also be fined up to $300.

The State Assembly has already passed the bill and has the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.