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New York law cracks down on drivers who pass school buses discharging kids

Gov. Cuomo signed a bill into law on Tuesday that allows districts across the state to mount cameras on school buses to catch motorists in the act of unlawfully passing a stopped school bus.

If a stopped bus is illegally passed, the camera, mounted on the swinging stop sign affixed to the side of the bus, turns on, capturing the driver’s license plate.

The picture is sent electronically to local authorities who can dole out fines, but no moving violations or points will be issued.

Under the law, schools will not have to pony up funds for the technology needed, instead the money collected in fines will be used to pay for the cameras and GPS units that can be mounted on the buses.


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