ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) – A new New York State law will allow a portion of fines issued for illegally passing a school bus to go towards the state’s school bus driver safety training program.
The money will also help establish a School Bus Motorist Education Fund to educate drivers on the dangers of passing a school bus and to promote school bus safety. The fund will help provide grants for the study of the issue as well as help develop proposals to reduce the number of violations.
“Keeping our children safe is priority number one for my administration and we are taking steps on every front to ensure we do just that,” Governor Hochul said. “Drivers should know better than to pass a stopped school bus, but we see this issue time and time again. I am proud to sign this legislation that boosts training for school bus drivers and further protects children traveling to and from school.”
In New York State, drivers can face fines between $250 and $1,000 for passing a stopped school bus while the bus’s stop arm is deployed. Five points will be added to the driver’s record and repeat offenders can even face jail time.