Falls Superintendent Backs Cuomo School Bus Safety Proposals

Mark Laurie says he has concerns about cost and enforcement

Tom Puckett
January 24, 2019 - 4:00 am

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Niagara Falls, NY (WBEN) Two proposals in Governor Cuomo's budget proposal deal with school bus safety. One area superintendent says he likes the ideas of stop-arm cameras on buses and the requirement of students to wear seatbelts.

When it comes to bus cameras, Niagara Falls Superintendent Mark Laurie says it can do more than just catch drivers who illegally pass stopped buses. "You can pick up habits of kids who may not be crossing appropriately. We can check on the safety of homes in the area without invading anyone's privacy," says Laurie. "Things that led to an altercations on street corners, I think it can help keep the community safer.

Laurie also likes the idea of mandatory seatbelt use by students on school buses. But he has one concern. "Sometimes, when you have a bus driver and an aide it gets difficult to enforce so I don't want any laws passed that can't easily be enforced," says Laurie.

Laurie says another concern is cost. "Cameras and seatbelts are going to be a cost to the school district or bus provider, and that has to be paid for somehow. I would like help to come from the state government," says Laurie.

 

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