NY bill would allow bus cameras to catch cars that don’t stop

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New legislation looks to help catch drivers who pass stopped school buses that have their red lights flashing.

The Longwood school district says 35 students statewide have been injured in the past four years by cars that pass flashing red stop signs on school buses. Longwood installed cameras on three buses in February. So far, the district has recorded 59 violations. Now there's a bill in Albany to allow bus cameras statewide.

"It's an epidemic with motorists passing red lights," says bus driver Karen Lucazamo.

Lawmakers are proposing to set up a violations bureau to issue tickets to violators. County Legislator Sarah Anker believes it will ensure safety.

“We need to step up our game,” says Anker. “We need to do more to protect the lives of our children."

Critics like Hector Gavilla are concerned about privacy and legal fairness.

“The individual that they give this supposed ticket to has no due process,” says Gavilla. "If we allow cameras on buses, we are giving away more and more of our rights every day."

The school bus camera legislation is before both the state Assembly and state Senate, which are expected to vote before the end of this year.

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