New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

STATEMENT: On New York State Legislature Allowing Municipalities to Install Automated Enforcement Technology on School Buses

Bus Stop Sign

 

“Today the New York State Senate unanimously passed legislation enabling municipalities to equip school buses with cameras that can capture vehicles illegally passing school buses while the stop arm is out. The legislation also allows for fines to be electronically issued to drivers who are caught driving this recklessly.”

“Today’s victory comes on the heels of the State Assembly also passing a version of the same bill unanimously and Governor Cuomo expressing his support for the legislation. As we wait for the Governor's signature, it is time for New York City to rise to the challenge and take advantage of this opportunity and pass legislation enabling the New York City Department of Education and the Office of Pupil Transport to install the camera technology on all of the school buses in our City.”

“Across New York City 150,000 children ride a school bus on any given day and according to a recent pilot study, as many as 15,000 drivers are potentially passing buses illegally per day putting kids across the five boroughs in danger. The NYPD has reported writing over 700 citations for this offense just this year.”

“Over the next few weeks, I will continue authoring the legislation for the City Council while pushing for greater support for this legislation. It is up to us to protect children from irresponsible drivers by passing this legislation and having fines issued automatically will change these driver’s behavior.”  

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