New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

New York Post New law proposes school bus cameras to catch unsafe motorists by Bernadette Hogan

New law proposes school bus cameras to catch unsafe motorists

Cameras are just about everywhere and now a Manhattan legislator wants to add them on school buses.

Motorists are supposed to hit the brakes when confronted by a stopped school bus.

But an estimated 50,000 a year statewide ignore the safety regulation.

They can get fined $250 — but a cop has to witness the offense.

So City Councilman Ben Kallos (D-Manhattan) plans on introducing legislation that would authorize school districts to equip buses with stop-arm cameras capable of recording vehicles that whiz by.

Images would be securely transferred to authorities that would issue tickets. The revenue would be split between the districts and camera companies.

“I would love to see New York City and New York State catch up to other jurisdictions to keep children and parents safe,” says Kallos, “but I would also like us to become a leader.”

Sixteen states already have statutes allowing the technology.

Jason Conwall, a spokesman for Gov. Cuomo, said Kallos’ idea was worth considering and is part of a traffic safety package proposed in the budget.

City action is contingent on legislation passing on the state level.

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