New state law allows Long Island schools to install cameras on stop arms of buses

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A new state law allows schools on Long Island to install cameras on the stop arms of buses to catch dangerous drivers. 

The measure, signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, would allow the cameras to be installed to catch motorists who pass a stopped school bus.

The camera would be on the arms that extend automatically whenever a bus stops. Drivers caught on camera passing a stopped bus face a first-time fine of $200, then $275 for second-time offenders and $300 for third-time offenders.

The Suffolk Bus Corp has been piloting a program with cameras for the past three years. Frank Klein, of bus company, says the two vehicles outfitted with cameras were “averaging about eight stop passes per day.” 

State transportation officials estimate tens of thousands of motorists illegally pass stopped school buses each day.

School officials in each district will decide if buses will be installed with the outside cameras. Revenue from the fines will be split between school districts and municipalities.

Under the law, school districts may begin using the cameras in 30 days – just in time for the start of classes.

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