ALBANY – Senator Cathy young (R-Olean) wants to crack down on drivers who illegally pass school buses.
Earlier this week, Senator Young (R,C,I-Olean) the School Bus Camera Safety Act, which would specifically allow school districts and school bus contractors to install cameras on their school buses that would engage once the Stop Arm of the bus is extended when the bus comes to a stop to pick up or discharge students. The camera would then capture images of any vehicle and license plate that illegally pass a stopped bus, and those images would be used to issue a summons to the registered owner of the vehicle.
Currently, a ticket can be issued only by a police officer who witnesses the violation. At least eight other states have enacted similar legislation in response to a growing national concern over illegal passing or ‘stop arm violations.’
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