Legislation S.4661/A.7330 provides for transfer of a portion of fines issued for illegally passing a school bus to comprehensive school bus driver safety training program for study and promotion of issues involving school busy safety
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday signed legislation S.4661/A.7330 that provides for the transfer of a portion of fines issued for illegally passing a school bus to the comprehensive school bus driver safety training program for the study and promotion of issues involving school bus safety, establishing a school bus motorist education fund. This legislation aims to discourage motorists from illegally passing stopped school buses thus increasing safety to school children.
"Keeping our children safe is priority No. 1 for my administration, and we are taking steps on every front to ensure we do just that," Hochul said. "Drivers should know better than to pass a stopped school bus, but we see this issue time and time again. I am proud to sign this legislation that boosts training for school bus drivers and further protects children traveling to and from school."
This legislation calls for the design and implementation of a public education program to educate motorists on the dangers of passing a school bus and to promote school bus safety. S.4661/A.7330 also creates a school bus motorist education fund, and directs surcharges imposed for passing a stopped school bus be paid into this fund for use in providing grants for the study of the issue, the development of proposals to reduce the number of violations, and to promote school bus safety, as well as to fund the aforementioned public education program.