Dutchess lawmakers set to approve school bus stop-arm cameras

POUGHKEEPSIE – The Dutchess County Legislature will consider a law allowing school districts to install school bus stop-arm cameras to catch motorists who pass stopped buses.

Legislature Chairman Gregg Pulver said the effort would be as a demonstration program.

“The state law says that school districts can opt-in but in a municipality. Most of the school districts in Dutchess County cross town lines, so this way with the county doing it, school districts don’t have to worry about going to each individual town to get permission to do this,” he said. “The county can take the lead and make sure that they can do that and it is up to the school districts if they want to buy into the program or not.”

The cost of paying for the stop-arm cameras would be up to each school district.

Pulver said there is much interest on the part of school districts in the county to launch the program.



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