Brooklyn Days after videos of motorists driving on sidewalks to pass school buses and putting pedestrians at risk, https://nbcnews.to/2EsxAJc another example of total lunacy on Brooklyn streets emerges.
This latest incident took place on March 1 at Ave M And E.31 St. Video shows motorists waiting behind a school bus dropping off children when a driver with no patience zooming on the wrong side of the double yellow line and almost hitting pedestrians crossing the street.
Nobody wants to see pedestrians getting injured or killed. Will the police step up enforcement and have a zero tolerance in this area? Parents in the area mentioned this is a daily occurrence.
In Boro Park a driver passed a school bus stop sign and then tried passing a second bus with the stop sign out. The NYPD 66 pct refused to give the motorist a ticket even after admitting passing a school bus. The driver told officers he went around because the bus was blocking the street. That’s usually what happens when kids are getting off a bus.
A recent article in the NY Post says that there are over 50,000 cases a year of motorists driving through school bus stop signs and it’s only getting worse in New York City. City Councilman Ben Kallos (D-Manhattan) plans on introducing legislation that would authorize school districts to equip buses with stop-arm cameras capable of recording vehicles that whiz by.
Images would be securely transferred to authorities that would issue tickets. The revenue would be split between the districts and camera companies.
Kallos told some NY media members last week, “I would love to see New York City and New York State catch up to other jurisdictions to keep children and parents safe, but I would also like us to become a leader.”
Sixteen states already have statutes allowing the technology.
Jason Conwall, a spokesman for Gov. Cuomo, said Kallos’ idea was worth considering and is part of a traffic safety package proposed in the budget.
City action is contingent on legislation passing on the state level.
New York State law is one must stop for a school bus unless there is a divider. The fine when you pass a stopped school bus ranges from a minimum of $250 for a first violation to a maximum of $1,000 for three violations in three years and 5 points on your license.
The ONLY exception to the law is if there is a divider.
It is illegal for a bus driver to cross over the yellow lines and block the road. Bus drivers say they are doing it for safety reasons but all that is happening is they are training kids from a young age that they do not have to look both ways before crossing. Bus drivers should not pick up or drop off kids in the middle of an intersection.