Councilman Ben Kallos (D-Manhattan) wants to require almost every school bus in the city to carry a camera on the stop signs that swing out when kids are picked up and dropped off. There are about 10,000 school buses in the city.
“We have all seen drivers disobey the law and go around a school bus or simply keep driving,” Kallos said in a statement. “Before we have a tragedy, it’s time we use 21st-century technology to change driver behavior as soon as possible."
Prior to that, a police officer had to catch a driver in the act to ticket him or her for illegally passing a school bus.
About 50,000 drivers statewide illegally pass a stopped school bus every day, according to a study cited by Cuomo’s office.