Jericho schools hope to stop drivers from passing school buses with new program

The district already has cameras installed on all buses, but the Town of Oyster Bay still has to approve the enforcement process.

News 12 Staff

Apr 27, 2023, 9:53 PM

Updated 396 days ago

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The Jericho Union Free School District is hoping to catch drivers' attention about the dangers of passing a stopped school bus with Operation Safe Stop.
The district already has cameras installed on all buses, but the Town of Oyster Bay still has to approve the enforcement process.
The cameras - operated by a company called Bus Patrol - automatically turn on when the stop arm is extended and captured license plates of cars that go around the bus.
The company partners with law enforcement officials to issue citations.
"We are clearly increasing the safety and well-being of all of the students who are transported to and from school," says superintendent Henry Grishman. "It really is such a high priority."
Bus drivers say it's important to have the cameras because it's not uncommon to see drivers pass their vehicles when the lights are flashing. Elyse Golio, who has been driving children to and from school for 15 years, says it happens probably twice a day.
"I am very concerned every time I drop the student off," Golio says. "There are people that just blow past my stop sign."
Sixth grader Chrystal Zhou also says they see drivers go around their school buses often and have to be extra cautious while crossing the street.
"Whenever I pass the street, I'm not really sure when a car will just come and turn unexpectedly," Zhou says.
New York state officials say it is estimated that 50,000 people pass one of the extended stop arms a day.
The Town of Oyster Bay will be holding a public hearing on the stop arm cameras' enforcement on May 9.


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