ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) – Tuesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation authorizing school districts to install stop-arm cameras on school buses in order to catch drivers who illegally pass stopped buses. 

According to Cuomo's office, approximately 1.5 million students ride school buses to and from school every year.

In April 2018, Operation Safe Stop, a one-day initiative during which law enforcement targeted drivers who passed a stopped school bus, reportedly exposed that hundreds of people ignore this law. During the day-long initiative, 850 people were ticketed.

"No parent should ever have to worry that their child's bus ride to and from school is anything other than safe and easy," said Cuomo. "By signing this measure into law, we are providing school districts the tools they need to hold reckless drivers accountable and advancing New York State's bold initiatives to keep our schoolchildren safe." 

New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), a statewide union with more than 600,000 members, applauded Cuomo signing the legislature.

“This law marks a significant step forward for student safety,” said NYSUT President Andy Pallotta. “With an estimated 50,000 motor vehicles illegally passing school buses every day across New York, bus drivers are constantly on the lookout for these reckless motorists while also keeping an eye on the children in their care.”

“It is our sincere hope that school districts will work quickly to begin installing stop-arm cameras so we can better hold accountable those who show blatant disregard for our kids. We thank the governor and Legislature for putting our children first with this important legislation.”