senate Bill S23

2009-2010 Legislative Session

Requires school buses be equipped with front crossing arms

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S23 - Bill Details

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A1852
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Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law

S23 - Bill Texts

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BILL NUMBER: S23

TITLE OF BILL :
An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to school bus
safety equipment


PURPOSE :
To require the use of front crossing arms on school buses to improve
the safety of children disembarking from school buses.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS :
Adds a new paragraph (m) to subdivision 20 of ยง375 of the Vehicle and
Traffic law to require that all new school busses, purchased or put
into service after January 1, 2011, be equipped with front crossing
arms meeting standards set by the Commissioner of Transportation.

JUSTIFICATION :
New York State is regarded nationally as a leader in school bus
safety. Death and injuries have been dramatically reduced over the
past decade as the result of extensive bus driver training,
compartmentalization of the seats, and the availability of seat belts.
However, much remains to be done in this critically important area of
highway safety. School bus accidents still occur and childrens' lives
are still at risk, particularly in the loading and unloading zones. In
a national study conducted on school bus fatalities during the
1998-1999 school year, half of the fatalities were caused by the
child's own bus, rather than oncoming or passing motorists. Front
crossing arms prevent children from entering the area of greatest risk
of danger from a child's own bus. School buses equipped with front
crossing arms were found to be 15 times safer than buses without front
crossing arms, in a study by a state Department of Transportation of
front school bus fatalities. The use of front crossing arms has been
widely tested, used and verified as beneficial to the safety of
children who ride school buses. In fact, at least 20 states currently
mandate that school buses be equipped with front crossing arms.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :
2007-2008 Referred to Transportation (S.1535/A.7866)
2005 Transportation Committee (S.780-B).
Similar legislation was introduced in:
2003-2004 Transportation Committee (S.2334).
2002 Rules Committee; 2001 Transportation Committee
(S.2375-A/A.9277-A).
1999-2000 Transportation Committee (S.5287).

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE :
Immediately.
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