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Problems with cameras and school buses

Posted 2/8/20

The upcoming effort by using stop arm cameras to catch and prosecute drivers who pass stopped school buses could run into a mixed bag of opposition. Tracking the registered owner of the offending …

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Problems with cameras and school buses

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The upcoming effort by using stop arm cameras to catch and prosecute drivers who pass stopped school buses could run into a mixed bag of opposition.

Tracking the registered owner of the offending vehicle will be done by “look up” of DMV registration records.

Now comes the problems. First, can it be proven beyond a reasonable doubt that the registered owner was actually driving the vehicle at the time of the violation? Second, many vehicles are registered to a non-human entity - i.e. a business or a “trust”. Third, how will vehicles owners with out-of-NY plates be located? Fourth, many vehicles have dirty or unreadable or missing plates. These are only a few of the anticipated problems to getting notified of a violation. 

I’ve addressed this issue before - let’s try to PREVENT a tragedy rather than record it - require all NY school buses to have additional “strobe” flashers in the headlights and taillights.  These attention getting devices are now more in direct line to vehicle driver’s eye level and have a better chance of getting drivers to stop for a stopped school bus. 

— Bob Balick, Rome

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