1:31 P.M.: Sen. Young: Cameras Can Catch Cars Illegally Passing Buses
A New York state senator wants to use cameras to catch motorists who illegally pass stopped school buses.
Republican Sen. Catharine Young’s proposal would allow the cameras to be mounted on the stop arm of a bus and record any car that passes when the arm is extended.
Young, R-Olean, says the evidence from the cameras could be used to issue tickets to motorists who break the law. She cited studies estimating that drivers around New York state pass school buses thousands of times each day.
She says similar proposals have been introduced in state legislatures around the country as a way to crack down on motorists who put children at risk.
Young and other supporters plan to discuss the legislation at a press conference Tuesday.