School bus safety has been a priority for lawmakers this legislative session, and now, a deal has been reached that could make your child's next trip to and from school safer.
Lawmakers came to an agreement Tuesday that will enable the placement of cameras on buses, designed to track cars that pass stopped buses while kids are getting on and off.
The bill would require local governments and school districts to opt in for the cameras, which could be placed on the arm of the extendable stop sign on a bus, or mounted on the vehicle. Video of drivers who pass stopped buses would then be sent to law enforcement.
"Too many cars are passing the stopped school buses with the stop sign out, and the crossbar out, and the lights flashing," said Sen. Tim Kennedy (D - Buffalo). "Fifty thousand cars per day in the state of New York, according to studies and research. That is an abhorrent amount of cars, and it's in large part due to the fact that there is no enforcement mechanism in place today. That changes with this legislation. We're going to be holding people accountable."
Governor Andrew Cuomo released a statement commending the passing of the bill, saying, "The safety of our children is paramount, and we are committed to ensuring our youngest New Yorkers make it to and from school safely and that motorists who endanger these students are held accountable for their reckless actions."