A bill recently passed the New Jersey State Senate that would allow school districts to mount cameras on the outside of their busses in order to capture pictures of, and thereby cite, those drivers who pass a stopped school bus while children are either getting on or off. If the bill passes, the cameras would capture the drivers on video, and the police would review the videos and make the final decision as to whether or not a summons should be issued.
The summons for drivers who fail to stop for a school bus would amount to an administrative violation that would not enter into the calculation of motor vehicle points. And the fines involved would increase from the current $100 to a fine range of between $300 and $500.
Pros and Cons
Along with staunch support, there is also some very loud criticism for the proposed bill. Those who criticize the bill, accuse it of being nothing more than a revenue-generating endeavor that’s hiding behind the ostensible goal of children’s safety. Many liken the bill to the now defunct red light camera program that was cancelled once it was shown that the cameras did more to generate revenue than they did to increase safety.
Those who support the bill point out that other than the integrity of the individual drivers, there is very little to deter drivers from passing stopped school busses – barring someone capturing the driver’s license plate number or a police witnessing the event (neither of which happen very often). Additionally, research by AAA finds that such camera technology can be useful in improving safety for school children if it is used with appropriate oversight and is not turned into a revenue source.
Of course, no one wants to put children in harm’s way, and all drivers should make it a top priority to obey the rules of the road. This includes always stopping for a school bus that is loading or unloading school children. When you’re driving, it’s imperative that you always obey the rules of the road and exercise even more caution whenever children are present.
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