State lawmakers could soon give schools new weapons to stop drivers from illegally passing stopped school buses.
Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed new state budget includes a provision to raise fines for passing a stopped school bus and to let school systems install “stop arm” cameras on school buses. The cameras would start recording when a bus stops and its red lights begin flashing.
By some estimates, cars illegally pass stopped school buses 50,000 times a day in New York State.
“When people pass the reds, it’s just a split second away from taking a child’s life,” said Kathleen Callon, Transportation Director for the East Irondequoit school system.