New safety laws protect local students

New safety laws protect local students

Assemblyman Anthony D’Urso (D-Great Neck) helped pass critical legislation to ensure students get to and from school safely.

“No parent should ever have to worry about their child’s safety on their way to and from school,” said D’Urso. “Yet, there are far too many drivers on the road who are more concerned about getting where they need to go than stopping for a student crossing the street. By putting cameras on school buses and throughout our district, we save lives and ensure careless drivers aren’t let off the hook.”

The Assembly legislation would allow local municipalities to implement a school bus photo violation monitoring system. Currently, drivers who illegally pass a stopped school bus displaying a red visual signal can only be issued a ticket by a police officer who witnesses the violation. This new program would permit municipalities to install cameras on school buses as well as stationary cameras and issue fines to drivers who illegally pass.

An estimated 50,000 drivers illegally pass school buses in New York every day. These drivers need to know that there’s going to be a price to pay for acting in such a negligent manner and putting our kids’ lives at risk, noted D’Urso.

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