New York considering stop arm cameras on school buses

There is movement from Albany toward having all school buses in New York state equipped with stop arm cameras to catch drivers who illegally pass school buses.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s traffic safety committee estimates that 50,000 drivers illegally pass New York state school buses daily.

It’s a problem in Canandaigua as well.

″I see the possibility of equipping school buses with stop arm cameras as another step towards doing everything we can to keep our children safe. These type of cameras would be another investigative tool for law enforcement to add to their ‘investigative tool box,’ so to speak,” stated City of Canandaigua Police Chief Stephen Hedworth.

“In any investigation generated as a result of the bus stop arm camera video, there would always be some degree of follow-up investigation required by law enforcement in order to positively identify the operator who was operating the vehicle at the time of the incident,” Hedworth continued. “Video evidence of the incident would also be invaluable in any court proceedings resulting from traffic tickets that are issued.”

The cameras would be outfitted at no cost to taxpayers or the government. The camera manufacturer would be compensated for the cost with the fines of those ticketed for the illegal act.

According to the Safe NY website, the yellow flashing lights mean the bus is preparing to stop; so it’s a warning to slow down. When the lights turn to flashing red, you must stop. It is the law. This includes stopping for buses on the opposite sides of divided highways, multiple lane roadways, in parking lots and on school grounds. The only exception to the law is if the bus driver or a police officer signals that you may pass the bus.

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