New York City is calling for cameras on the side of school buses that can record impatient drivers that recklessly drive around school buses using sidewalks. This is following two such incidents recently in Brooklyn. “New Yorkers are always in a rush. That’s why we call it a ‘New York Minute'”, said City Councilman Ben Kallos.

He says drivers often get away with passing stopped school buses because a police officer has to witness it, unless there’s documentation, like a video. Which is why Kallos says every school bus in New York City should be equipped with surveillance cameras.

“Every single school bus would have a camera on the stop arm and around the bus on both sides, and they give a feed to police authorities,” he said.

Kallos says the cameras could be installed at the same time as mandated GPS tracking devices. The technology is similar to red light cameras, with fines of up to $500 mailed to the vehicle’s owner.

“That stop arm goes out, and here in New York City those cars whiz by at high speeds,” said Kallos. “This is far more efficient, they’re doing it all over the country and we should do it here.”

The plan has to be approved by the State Legislature. Kallos says if lawmakers vote yes, cameras could be installed in time for the new school year in September.

The latest incident occurred when a pickup truck was driven on a sidewalk at 8:30 a.m. on Monday at Harrison Avenue and Wallabout Street in Williamsburg, endangering the children that board the bus. Although everyone has somewhere to be, we can’t let this jeopardize another person’s safety. Impatience can quickly turn into negligence if we are not more vigilant to avoid potential accidents.

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Source: ABC7NY