A new report “Wrong on Red” released by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman shows shocking and chilling statistics regarding bus drivers running red lights. An investigation found that nine school bus companies operating in Suffolk County received over 1,100 red light camera ticket violations over a three-year period and that, under existing State law, such violations were not required to be reported to the DMV as part of the State’s oversight of school bus company safety. Similarly, six bus companies operating in Page 3 Westchester County received nearly 300 red light camera tickets in 2016.
Normally, if a driver accumulates nine points on their license due to convictions of the vehicle and traffic law within an eighteen month period, the driver is disqualified from operating a bus for one year. This includes points racked up from running a red light. Sounds good right? Well this only applies if the ticket is given to the driver by the police. When a red light camera records the incident the scenario is different. If that same driver ran three red lights, and received red light camera tickets in the same time frame, he would get no points on his license and could continue to drive a bus.
According to Attorney Neal Goldstein, “There is too much of a gap in the current law. Bus companies are not required to report red light camera violations even though they know who the offending drivers are. Bus companies are required to keep records of who’s driving what bus and when. It’s dangerous loophole that puts our children, pedestrians and other drivers at risk. Although some bus companies may terminate the driver’s employment, many do not.”
The attorney general is proposing the following changes to current law:
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