Permits municipalities and school districts to contract for video monitoring systems to assist in enforcing law against unlawfully passing a school bus.
NJEA supports A-3798Aca/S-211 (Singleton, Wimberly, Holzapfel, Whelan). This bill would permit municipalities and school districts to place cameras on the outside of school buses in order to catch those who unlawfully pass a school bus.
Under current statute (N.J.S.A. 39:4-128.1), a motorist must stop at least 25 feet from a stopped school bus with flashing red lights whether or not the motorist is traveling in the same direction as the bus. A violation of this law will result in a fine of $100 and up to 15 days in jail or up to 15 days of community service for a first offense. Violators of a subsequent offense can receive a fine of $250 or more and up to 15 days in jail. For each offense, violators will be given five points on their driver’s record.
A 2014 survey by the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS) found that an estimated 76,000 vehicles illegally pass buses nationwide on any given day. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, nearly 13 students each year are killed while in the process of being picked up or dropped off by a school bus. These deaths could have been prevented if motorists obeyed the current law on passing a stopped school bus.
A-3798Aca/S-211 will help law enforcement authorities better enforce this law that protects students to and from school. By passing A-3798Aca/S-211, New Jersey will join more than 12 other states that have already authorized the use of cameras on the outside of buses.
NJEA urges you to vote “yes” on A-3798Aca/S-211.
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