In spite of best education efforts and better enforcement tools, Broome County officials say there is still a big problem with motorists illegally passing school buses that are stopped to pick up and drop off students.

Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News (file)
Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News (file)

The latest report from the county says a little more than halfway through the 2021-22 school year, more than 1,500 violations have been recorded by the Broome School Bus Stop Arm Camera program.

Officials say in February, 226 cars were caught passing school buses that where stopped with their lights and stop arm activated.

That alarming number is still lower than December, which was the highest for the school year so far at 395 violations.

The fewest number of drivers putting children’s lives in danger by passing stopped buses in Broome County came in September at the start of the school year with 203 motorists ignoring the flashing lights and extended stop arm.

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Each initial violation comes with a $250 fine. Second and third violations in an 18-month period are $275 and $300 respectively.

Broome’s program equipping school bus stop arms with cameras to capture violators was created in 2019.

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