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Pennsylvania Bill Would Allow Automated Cameras to Catch Drivers Passing School Buses Illegally

The Pennsylvania Senate Transit Committee approved a bill to allow for photo enforcement to catch drivers making illegal passes that could endanger children in front of school buses.
May 18, 2018, 12pm PDT | Casey Brazeal | @northandclark
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The Pennsylvania Senate has produced a bill aimed at curbing dangerous driving around school busses. "Under the bill, the local police would collect any images from the “automated side stop signal arm enforcement system” and use them to send citations to the owner/operators of the vehicles photographed," Matthew Santoni writes for Trib Live.

Studies suggest that illegally passing school busses is common. "According to the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services, 106,976 bus drivers in 30 states and Washington, D.C., counted 78,239 vehicles making illegal passes over the course of a single-day survey in 2017," Santoni reports.

The National Motorists Association is against the legislation arguing that many who illegally pass buses do so unintentionally and only a few children are killed or hurt by these drivers, the position has drawn some ridicule. 

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Published on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 in Trib Live
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