Safety

New York stop-arm survey estimates 35K violations

Thomas McMahon
Posted on February 16, 2016
NYAPT President David Adam says stop-arm survey results show that “over 28,000 motorists are really putting our children at risk of being injured or killed every day.”
NYAPT President David Adam says stop-arm survey results show that “over 28,000 motorists are really putting our children at risk of being injured or killed every day.”

A survey of illegal passing of school buses in New York last week found an increased rate of violations compared to previous counts.

The New York Association for Pupil Transportation (NYAPT) began conducting monthly stop-arm surveys in October. In the most recent, held on Feb. 10, 618 school bus drivers in 23 school districts reported that they were passed a total of 431 times, including seven passes on the passenger side of the bus.

Applying that rate of illegal passing to the more than 50,000 school buses in New York state, NYAPT determined that the total estimated illegal passing rate for that day was 34,871 passes — with 526 of those being on the passenger side of the bus.

“Over five months of our survey, this is the highest count by far,” NYAPT President David Adam said. “Our survey is now averaging 28,206 passes per day. This means over 28,000 motorists are really putting our children at risk of being injured or killed every day.”

NYAPT is urging the state Senate and Assembly to pass legislation that will allow cameras to be mounted on the exterior of school buses, and the evidence from those cameras to be used to prosecute motorists who pass stopped school buses illegally. Association officials said they believe there is significant support for that legislation (S3509B and A1520B) and that it would pass if it came to a vote.

“We have shared five months of data on this problem, and it’s time for action,” NYAPT Executive Director Peter Mannella said. “February is national Love the Bus month, and we wish that motorists would show respect not only for the school bus, but mostly for the children who ride on those school buses.”

Related Topics: danger zone, New York, stop-arm running/illegal passing, video surveillance

Thomas McMahon Executive Editor
Comments ( 1 )
  • Steve

     | about 3 years ago

    That is discouraging numbers. Of every 5 buses 3.5 get passed? Terrible. I cant help but wonder how many of those 35000 motorists have children on a bus at the time they pass the bus? Not smart. I encourage any one in any state to approach a local member of law enforcement and ask for help. Our local troopers, and sheriffs are most helpful, and willing to both follow buses and sit in front of the school and nab the cars over 20 mph. It works out well for both parties as the kids are benefiting from their presence , and the lawmen can do what they do...well, write tickets for infractions.

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