Public hearing held in Town of Oyster Bay over stop-arm cameras enforcement
The Town of Oyster Bay held a public hearing Tuesday on stop-arm cameras enforcement.
The cameras can automatically capture license plates of cars that go around school buses.
Some buses in the town already have the cameras installed, including the ones in the Jericho Union Free School District.
Individual school districts will let the town know if they want the cameras activated.
A state law allows for the cameras to be on the buses, but the Town of Oyster Bay still has to approve the enforcement of the stop arm cameras.
"What our hearing does is allow for an opportunity to listen to the public, hear what they have to say, hear what their feelings are on it and then decide whether or not to give permission for that school district to have this process so that the tickets can be written for people who pass a school bus," says Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joe Saladino.
Residents who attended the meeting questioned the process.
"Why do you have to opt into a vehicle and traffic law, why did the state not mandate this legislation?" asked Michael Kelly, of Bethpage.
The town board did not say which way they will vote or if Nassau County driver will start to see tickets in their mailboxes if they go passed a school bus with a camera.