Orange County to fast-track law aimed at catching drivers who pass stopped school busesPosted: Updated:
Students in Orange County may be a bit safer while getting on and off the bus if a new bus camera law passes in the coming months.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation in August that offers school districts the option to install cameras on the stop arms of its school buses.
If the stop arm goes out and a person drives past, they will be fined $250. If the fine isn't paid, the person will be taken to court.
"We have buses here in district that are passed on a regular basis that we can't do anything about because a police officer didn't witness it," says Greenwood Lakes School District Superintendent Sarah Hadden.
Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus says he has made adding the program a priority, and is fast-tracking the process.
Neuhaus says he expects the Legislature to ratify the new law unanimously, and anticipates it will go into effect by January 2020.