The High School season has begun and we need to look out for the kids because they may not be looking for us. The 2023-2024 school year is here and Broome County wants to remind EVERYONE to stop for the school buses...especially when the Stop-Arm is extended.

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In 2019, the Broome County School Bus Stop-Arm Camera program was created to record vehicles that illegally pass stopped school buses and automatically issued citations.

The goal was to find a way to effectively reduce the number of vehicles that were passing stopped school buses. The buses were equipped with video equipment that would activate when the stop arm was extended and the red lights were flashing.

Since it began, the Stop-Arm Camera program has caught over 5,800 drivers that illegally passed a bus in Broome County. The good news is that the number of violations were down over 10% for the 2022-23 school year compared to the programs first year in 2021-22. Let's keep that trend going.

The Fines For Passing a School Bus With Its Stop-Arm Extended

The program outfitted school buses in Broome County with a $250 fine which would be issued to the driver by mail. The second and third violations in an 18-month period is $275 and $3000 respectively. Keep that in mind if you are lending your vehicle to someone too.

It not only keeps the children safe but it'll save you a $250 dollar ticket. So don't pass a bus that has it's Stop-Arm extended and remember that no destination is so important enough that you would put a child's life in danger.

Not sure when to stop? Maybe this will help. Stop or take home a ticket...Stop on red, kids ahead.

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