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Albany County issuing many tickets for drivers passing school buses

Apr 25, 2023 12:33 pm

Skylar Eagle reports for News10 that Albany County law enforcement and elected officials begin Operation Safe Stop on April 27, an attempt for more attention on laws surrounding school bus safety. Officials are trying to get more drivers to stop when school buses stop, so fewer students are hurt. Albany County Executive Dan McCoy said, “It’s staggering to me and it’s a lot worse.... We’ve been fortunate that no one has been hurt.” Several schools in Albany County, and other local areas, have added cameras to school bus stop signs, with a company taking a cut of the fines that go out to drivers recorded passing stopped school buses. The South Colonie Central School District, for instance, installed the cameras last November, and has already issuing over 900 tickets every month to drivers passing school buses. Albany County has seen $700,000 in ticket revenue over the last four months. “There’s over 700 buses being passed on a monthly basis in Colonie and when you add in the other schools, it’s mind boggling,” said David Perry, Superintendent of South Colonie Central School District. “So we ask that when those red lights are out and buses are stopped that all four lanes of traffic are stopped, that we do our part to keep our children safe each and every day and this is just a step in the right direction.” Read more about this story at the News10 website.

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