New York state senators push for improved school bus safety


    ALBANY, N.Y. — New York state senators announced the push for a new bill that would improve school bus safety.

    Senator Patty Ritchie said the proposed bill would allow school buses to install cameras on school bus stop arms. The cameras would detect and record drivers who illegally pass stopped school buses.

    According to state senators, the cameras would catch the license plate of vehicles passing stopped school buses and act as evidence for further punishment.

    Senators said drivers can only be ticketed for passing a school bus if a police officer witnesses it, under current state law.

    Under the proposed bill the fine for passing the stopped bus would still be $250, but driver would not receive points on their license nor jail time, state senators said.

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