Wednesday, March 1, 2023, 6:25 p.m

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ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. (WABC) — The Rockland County School District is launching a new bus feature they hope will help keep students safe on their way to and from school.

There are an estimated 50,000 incidents in New York State where drivers illegally pass stopped school buses, putting the lives and safety of students at risk.

To combat reckless drivers, the district partnered with BusPatrol to launch the Rockland County School Bus Safety Program on March 1.

The company has installed cameras on stop levers in the school bus fleet for free. Drivers caught on camera for illegally driving buses will be issued tickets by mail.

According to BusPatrol, areas with cameras on buses have seen a 30% reduction in drivers illegally passing buses.

The county executive helped open the buses at the Rockland County Fire Training Center.

Heads of public and private schools attended the event where they saw the cameras that will be installed on the buses.

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