Horseheads, N.Y. (WENY) – Governor Andrew Cuomo recently signed a law allowing school districts in the state to add stop-arm cameras on school buses. This law was signed in hopes to encourage drivers to not pass school buses, and to keep the children safe.

The Horseheads School District is ahead of the game. The safety examiner of the Horseheads Transportation Department says the cameras have been around for longer than he has worked there, which is 8 years.

Schools in New York State can work with law enforcement agencies to buy these cameras through a program.

The Horseheads Transportation Safety Examiner, Richard Micelotta, says these cameras are helpful in difficult situations, for instance, if a car passes a bus. Micelotta tells WENY that it is difficult for someone to drive a bus while trying to identify a license plate of a car that disobeyed the cameras.

The Horseheads School District buys their own stop-arm cameras, so they do not have to pay fees and fines if someone violates or ignores them.