New school bus tech debuts in Albany County

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Nearly 50,000 cars illegally pass stopped school buses in New York every day. This puts students’ lives at risk. The Albany County executive announced a new safety initiative Thursday, aimed at catching those who pass those school buses.

Dan McCoy was joined by county leaders and transportation officials to discuss the stop arm cameras.

Two school buses with the stop arm cameras were on demonstration in front of the high school.

The South Colonie School District is the first in the county to implement this program.

The district is teaming up with Albany County and the company BusPatrol for this initiative.

The stop arm cameras are powered by artificial intelligence. This means they can detect the license plate of the vehicles that fail to stop.

The video evidence is reviewed before a citation will be issued. When the fines are collected, 60% will go to BusPatrol and 40% will go to the county.

McCoy says the first few weeks, they will be giving out warnings. Soon after, they will be handing out $250 tickets.