August 06, 2019

NYSUT applauds new law allowing school bus stop-arm cameras

Source:  NYSUT Media Relations
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Caption: Deb Paulin, a school bus driver and the president of the Alden Central School Employees Association, spoke passionately about school bus safety earlier this year as part of the union's Support School Staff campaign. "As a mother and grandmother — and one who loves the kids under my care — it makes me sick when drivers illegally pass school buses," she said. Photo by Becky Miller.

ALBANY, N.Y. Aug. 6, 2019 — New York State United Teachers President Andy Pallotta released the following statement regarding the signing of legislation to allow school districts to install stop-arm cameras on school buses:

“This law marks a significant step forward for student safety. With an estimated 50,000 motor vehicles illegally passing school buses every day across New York, bus drivers are constantly on the lookout for these reckless motorists while also keeping an eye on the children in their care. It is our sincere hope that school districts will work quickly to begin installing stop-arm cameras so we can better hold accountable those who show blatant disregard for our kids. We thank the governor and Legislature for putting our children first with this important legislation.”

The school bus camera legislation was signed into law thanks in large part to the efforts of NYSUT's "Support School Staff" campaign and the hard work and activism of our dedicated School-Related Professional members.

Learn more about the campaign at

New York State United Teachers is a statewide union with more than 600,000 members in education, human services and health care. NYSUT is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association and the AFL-CIO.