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School districts now allowed to install stop-arm cameras on buses

Governor Cuomo signed measure into law on Tuesday

August 06, 2019 - 10:02 am

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation which would allow school buses to have stop-arm cameras.

The cameras will record the illegal passing of school buses and give a ticket to drivers who violate the law.

 "No parent should ever have to worry that their child's bus ride to and from school is anything other than safe and easy," Governor Cuomo said in a statement. "By signing this measure into law, we are providing school districts the tools they need to hold reckless drivers accountable and advancing New York State's bold initiatives to keep our schoolchildren safe."  

According to the governor's office, 1.5 million students ride school buses each year. In one day, police found that hundreds of people currently ignore the law and more than 850 people were ticketed. It's estimated that 150,000 drivers pass a school bus illegally in any given school year.


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