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