Would your child wear a seatbelt on the school bus? It could soon be a mandate from the state.

Posted at 12:47 PM, Jan 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-23 12:52:46-05

ALBANY, N.Y. (WKBW) — Governor Cuomo today announced new plans to bolster student safety on school buses. As part of his 2020 Executive Budget, this proposal would authorize schools to install stop-arm cameras, increase the fine for passing a stopped school bus and require students to wear seat belts on the buses.

Cuomo says he aims to ensure students make it to and from school safely by holding motorists accountable. By allowing stop-arm cameras, illegal passing of the school bus would be recorded and ticketed at an even higher fine to deter this from happening. The proposal would also require students to wear seat belts while riding the bus to further increase student safety.

This proposal comes as an update to Cuomo's 2016 modernized school safety laws that updated safety drills and increased training requirements for faculty and staff.