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Niagara County Legislature to vote on school bus cameras

Resolution to equip all school buses in Niagara County with cameras will be voted on tonight.
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LOCKPORT, N.Y. — The Niagara County Legislature is voting on a resolution calling for the county to put cameras on school buses. The resolution is co-sponsored by Legislative Chair Keith McNall and Vice-Chair Rebecca Wydish. 

In a statement, McNall said the move was an attempt to keep students safe while they were getting on and off buses. 

"Every day, motorists pass stopped school buses, putting children's lives in danger. These drivers need to be held accountable, and equipping our school buses with cameras, drivers will be less likely to continue their reckless behaviors", McNall said. 

Under the program, cameras would capture images of drivers that do not stop for buses. Those images would then be sent to law enforcement. 

"As a mother of two grown children, I remember how I worry about them as they waited and crossed the road," Rebecca Wydysh said in a statement. 

A similar program was tested by the Niagara Falls City School District. The mayor told 2 On Your Side that 20 cars were captured passing buses on the first day alone. 

The Niagara County Legislature will vote on the resolution at a meeting tonight at 7 p.m. 

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