A Sensible Idea

Feb 23, 2017

To the Editor:

School districts should be allowed to use cameras to reduce illegal school bus passing violations, which threaten the lives of New Jersey schoolchildren every day when kids are getting on and off the bus. The Assembly Education Committee needs to follow the state Senate’s lead, which recently passed School Bus Camera Bill S-211, and vote in favor for its companion bill, A-3798, in the coming weeks.

Already in 2017, we have seen this dangerous driving behavior result in serious injuries when an Upper Township girl was critically injured after a driver ignored the bus’s stop sign and hit her.

Incidents like this will continue to occur because there isn’t enough law enforcement in the state to follow every one of New Jersey’s 23,000 school buses and ticket the thousands of drivers who illegally pass them.

As a bus driver who is tasked with the responsibility of keeping kids safe, I believe A-3798 is a no-brainer. I urge the Education Committee to join the countless teachers and parents who are actively endorsing these bills and pass A-3798 so bus drivers have every available resource to keep students safe. 

Gayle Levinthal

Eldora, N.J.

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