Too many questions on state bus law
The local school buses can have cameras, but let’s look at the big picture.
In the state legislature, Act 38 of 2020, sadly, became law and should be repealed.
This bill modified the stop-arm camera law for illegally passing school buses. It assumes a vehicle’s owner was driving and takes away all the person’s rights.
The bill will also allow camera vendors to reap profits, based upon the number of tickets, which will act as an incentive to make sure the tickets keep flowing.
The bill will do nothing to solve anything, as that is not the point.
Where is a requirement for a minimum flashing yellow duration? How about mandating stop-arm extenders to block the next lane? Making bus stops only on the right side of the bus to prevent crossing the roads? Adults cross the kids, as some areas do? Moving bus stops to smaller roads and away from intersections?
Illegal passing is not an epidemic, and federal data proves it. So why use cherry-picked studies to justify the cameras?
Money, of course.
That is why the law is being changed, as the previous bill had a stiffer penalty.
The bill also has multiple subjects and is nothing like the original bill, since it was amended, so perhaps it is not even legal?
James Sikorski Jr.
(The writer is a member of the PA Advocate National Motorists Association.)