It never ceases to amaze me when I see a vehicle pass a school bus when it is stopped, the red lights are flashing and the stop sign is out. How can anyone who has learned how to drive know this is so wrong and illegal?

Well as you know cameras are everywhere these days, and now you will find them on the exterior of some school area buses. Today (May 24th), Broome County's school bus stop arm camera program begins. It could bring a notice of liability fine of 250 dollars, if violated.

Some school districts participating include Binghamton, Johnson City, Chenango Forks, Chenango Valley, Maine-Endwell, Susquehanna Valley and Union Endicott among others, with more Broome County school districts soon to follow.

Go Broome County states that when a school bus it stopped and picking up or discharging students, video equipment activates when the external stop arms are extended and red lights are flashing.

These school buses can have multiple cameras that will detect and record any motion passing the bus, and that includes being able to see the license plate of any vehicles passing by.

As a refresher from Go Broome County, on a two lane road, vehicles traveling in both directions must stop. The same goes for multi-lane roads paved across and divided highways that contains a dirt, barrier or grass median.

Here are seven steps how the school bus stop arm enforcement system works, from the Broome County Office of Emergency Services Facebook page.

Let's keep our children safe. Follow the rules when encountering a stopped school bus with it's light flashing and the stop arm extended. And you will avoid finding a notice in your mailbox containing a hefty fine.

via Go Broome County, Broome County Emergency Services Facebook

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