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New York To Let Schools Put Cameras On School Bus Stop Arms

School Bus at Shenedehowa
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School Bus at Shenedehowa

Schools in New York state can now install cameras on the stop arms of school buses to catch motorists who put students at risk.

Under legislation signed into law Tuesday by Governor Andrew Cuomo, drivers caught on camera passing a stopped bus would face $250 tickets, with higher fines for repeat violators. The cameras, mounted on the stop sign that extends outward whenever a bus is stopped, will automatically record each vehicle that passes it illegally.

The state's teachers union hailed the new initiative and urged districts to quickly approve cameras for their buses.

Revenue from fines will be split between local school districts and municipalities.

School buses transport 2.3 million children in New York state each school day, according to state figures.

(C) 2019 Associated Press

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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