(WSYR-TV) — Legislation that would authorize the use of “stop-arm” cameras on school buses to ticket illegal passers was approved by both the state Senate and Assembly. The bill is waiting for Governor Andrew Cuomo’s signature to become law.
The legislation authorizes municipalities to reach agreements with local school districts to install cameras on their buses. They will turn on when a bus is stopped and the stop-arm and lights are turned on.
The cameras will take images of license plates of illegal passers which can be sent to law enforcement to confirm violations and sent out tickets.
Under this bill, fines are $250 for a first offense, $275 for a second offense within 18 months and $300 for a third offense or more within 18 months. Currently, an officer must witness an illegal pass to issue a ticket.
“This is an important victory for the safety of our children. For too long, we have seen the troubling statistics about the illegal passing of school buses, and the tragic results. This bill will give law enforcement an important new tool to combat this dangerous practice,” said Assemblyman Magnarelli. “I want to thank all of the advocates who worked on this bill for the past 6 years. We all strongly believe Stop-Arm cameras will save lives.”