A city councilman in New York has put forth a proposal that school buses be equipped with cameras to catch drivers who do not stop for the buses. The drivers could then be ticketed and fined in the same way as those who are photographed speeding in school zones.
The cameras would capture what happens when a school bus is stopped. The stop arm devices let drivers know that children are leaving or getting on the bus. While the arm is extended, drivers are supposed to stop so that children can move safely between the bus and the sidewalk. However, reports suggest that roughly 50,000 drivers a year in the state do not stop. Fines for failing to stop can climb as high as $250.