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Legislative Committee Advocates for Bus Safety

Legislative Committee Advocates for Stop-Arm Cameras
Posted on 11/21/2019
Legislative Committee students attended the Public Safety Committee meeting of the Suffolk County Legislature to advocate for the installation of bus cameras.On Thursday, November 21, student members of the Longwood Board of Education Legislative Committee advocated at the Suffolk County Legislature's Public Safety Committee about the importance of installing stop-arm cameras on school buses.

Joined by Board Members Daniel Tomaszewski, Victoria Molloy, Superintendent Dr. Lonergan, and Transportation Coordinator John Ryan, the students addressed the legislators about the dangers students face daily from drivers who recklessly pass stopped school buses.
 
“At Longwood, we instituted a pilot program to gather data on cars passing stopped buses,” said senior Tyler Hauser. “On average, our buses were passed 95 times a day; this is an alarming statistic that puts not only Longwood students at risk but all students at risk throughout Suffolk County. We are here representing the safety of those students, and we ask you to pass this resolution.”

Through Suffolk County Legislator Rudy Sunderman’s Introductory Resolution to Implement a School Bus Photo Violation Monitoring System, Suffolk County can “opt-in” to a photo violation system to install cameras on the exterior of buses. If vehicles fail to stop behind or in front of a bus while the stop signs are extended, fines will be imposed.

The resolution passed in committee and will be voted on at the Suffolk County Legislature's General Meeting on Tuesday, November 26.

For more than two years, Longwood’s Legislative Committee has focused advocacy efforts on the implementation of a bus photo violation monitoring system to deter motorists from passing stopped school buses.

Longwood students worked collaboratively with the Middle Country School District’s Legislative Committee to discuss advocacy tools.

“The Longwood Legislative Committee will continue to fight for the safety of our students through bus video monitoring legislation, and we are thrilled to partner with Middle Country,” said Victoria Molloy, Longwood Board Member and Chair of the Legislative Committee. “With an estimated 50,000 motor vehicles illegally passing school buses every day across New York, and 96 cars passing Longwood buses daily, this legislation is vital for the safety of all students.”

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