Some Rensselaer County school buses now have cameras to ticket passing cars
The Troy Record reports that Rensselaer County schools are getting BusPatrol cameras in school buses that automatically send tickets to anyone illegally passing a school bus. The Hoosic Valley Central, Hoosick Falls Central, Schodack Central, Berlin Central, Averill Park Central, Brunswick Central, East Greenbush Central, and Wynantskill Union Free school districts have signed up for the program. East Greenbush Central School District Superintendent Jeff Simons said, “Each year we receive several reports from our bus drivers regarding cars passing our school buses when the stop-arm is engaged. We hope that the implementation of this new technology, at no cost to our taxpayers, will deter such actions on the part of drivers and keep our students safe." The same BusPatrol program was recently launched in Albany County and Dutchess County. Car owners passing a bus and spotted by the cameras get a fine of $250, with the BusPatrol company keeping part of the money. Read more about this story in the Troy Record.