School bus cams may be installed to hold drivers accountable

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If you pass a stopped school bus, you could soon be caught on camera. State legislators have reached a deal to allow stop-arm cameras to be installed on school buses.

The cameras could be installed on the stop sign that swings out from the bus when it stops to pick up or drop off a student.

The aim is to keep students safe by holding drivers accountable if they illegally pass a school bus.

The state senate and assembly have agreed on legislation to allow school districts to opt-in to the program.

We spoke with the Greece Central School District’s director of transportation when the move was first proposed.

“The states have been working on this for a long time,” said Scott Banner. “Specifically the group that volunteers to New York state this is a project that is in the making and it’s going to be an improvement and hopefully you’ll see it.”

The bill would also create a report so police can track where drivers break the law.

Drivers would be fined 250 dollars for a first-time offense.

This legislation was part of Governor Cuomo’s 2020 executive budget. He released a statement yesterday saying quote: 

“I commend the legislature for reaching an agreement on this critical issue and I look forward to seeing it passed and to signing it into law.”

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