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February 21, 2012  |   Comments (3)   |   Post a comment

N.Y. bills target school bus passing, signage


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ALBANY, N.Y. — The state Senate has passed a trio of school bus bills that backers say will protect child safety and enhance communication.

Senate Bill 3099A would increase the penalties for passing a stopped school bus. The legislation would impose a 60-day suspension of a driver’s license if convicted of passing a stopped school bus two or more times.

A second bill, S2371, would give school districts the option to put their website on their school buses. Currently, districts are only permitted to affix their phone numbers on the rear of the school bus. But supporters of the legislation say that with advancements in technology and communication, some school districts’ websites have become an increasingly important tool for communication.

The third piece of legislation, S4488, relates to “school bus” signs. Currently, school bus signs are required to be illuminated, but this bill would allow for the signs to be constructed with reflectorized materials. Backers say that the bill is intended to be a cost-saving measure while still supplying the necessary safety precautions.

The three bills have been sent to the Assembly.

Sen. Kemp Hannon said that if passed by the Assembly and governor, the bills “will make riding school buses safer for students, allow greater communications between school districts and the communities they serve, and provide school districts with an important cost-saving measure that will not in any way compromise safety.”

 


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As for cars passing school buses with reds on, it is difficult to get plate numbers and i.d. the driver when they are traveling at a rate of 40/50 miles per hour and pass. Cameras on all stop signs could solve this problem. The web site could be helpful in better communication. Reflective materials are always safer. I would like to know if a school district transportation supervisor has the legal right to extend the viewing of the camera card, in regard to an established non preventable accident(a car crashed into the back of the bus while the reds were on and students disembarking) to three office workers, two mechanics, the school district head nurse, a representative from 911, and an administrator from the main office of the district without the driver present. There are times when drivers need protection as well as children. Where do you find these laws?

alicejane k munson    |    Mar 14, 2012 07:57 AM

this bill will make riding a school bus safer ONLY if the citations are issued AND the courts impose the penalities instead or reducing to a "non- moving / parking violation. Lets hope that the legal system has access to this and other similar comments.

Fritz    |    Mar 08, 2012 06:08 PM

They need to increase the penalties for passing a stopped school bus as they have recently increased the 'points' for driving while on a cell phone. Then they have to enforce these laws to encourage the violators to change their behavior. When school bus companies submit the DMV report, DS-103, 'Report of Passing Stopped School Bus', the DMV should send a warning letter to the registered owner of each vehicle, telling them that their vehicle was observed passing a stopped school bus and warning them of the consequences of such actions.

Paul    |    Feb 23, 2012 03:12 PM

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