North Colonie to install stop-arm cameras on school busses
The North Colonie School District will now install stop-arm cameras on busses.
This is part of a partnership with the Albany County School Bus Safety Program.
The goal is to deter any drivers from illegally passing while the bus is stopped and kids are being picked up or dropped off.
The school district is now the sixth in Albany County to join the bus safety program.
More than 8,700 tickets were issued as part of the program last year.
A first offense is $250, then $275 if it happens a second time in 18 months and $300 if it happens a third time in 18 months.
The New York State Traffic Safety Bureau says around 50,000 cars illegally pass stopped school buses in New York state every day.