NY Senate to pass package of road, waterway safety measures


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The state Senate’s majority Democrats plan to pass a package of bills aimed at making New York’s streets, roads and waterways safer.

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins says the legislation being approved Wednesday includes a bill that would allow school districts to mount cameras on the stop arms of buses. The devices extend when buses stop to pick up or drop off students.

Drivers caught illegally passing stopped school buses would face $250 fines, with municipalities and school districts splitting the money.

The Democrat-led Assembly approved the legislation in March.

Another part of the safety package is a bill that would require all vehicle passengers to wear seat belts when riding in the back seat.

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