School bus stop-arm camera legislation passes in New York State Senate

Posted at 3:16 PM, May 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-15 15:16:10-04

NEW YORK (WKBW) — School bus stop-arm camera legislation passed in the New York State Senate Wednesday.

The bill was part of a package of transportation safety laws that advanced through the Senate Majority, which includes bus driver hiring accountability, automobile safety and pedestrian and bicyclist safety education.

Introduced by Senator Tim Kennedy, Chairman of the Transportation Committee, the bill allows cameras to impose liability on motor vehicle operators for overtaking and passing school buses.

“Every day across New York State, there are 50,000 drivers who decide to deliberately break the law and pass a stopped school bus, putting our children's lives and safety at risk," said Kennedy. "This is simply unacceptable, and by passing this comprehensive legislation that ensures stricter enforcement of these crimes, we're sending a strong message: if you pass a stopped school bus in New York, you're going to get caught, you're going to be fined, and you're going to be held accountable.”

Read a full release on all the transportation safety laws which advanced through the Senate Majority Wednesday here.