Oneida County Executive, Anthony Picente, announced the proposal of a new law that will catch and punish drivers who pass stopped school buses through the use of cameras.
Under this proposed law, Oneida County would hire a company that would install the cameras and the recording equipment. The company would do this in exchange for a percentage of the fine and penalties.
There would be no cost for participating school districts and most likely, the county would not have to pay anything upfront. School districts would have to opt into this program and enter and agreement with Oneida County.
However, this local law would not apply to the City of Utica.
“It’s not that we are exempting Utica in anyway. But the law clearly states on the state level that in the cases of which a school district is only represented within its boundaries that they have to pass the law themselves.” —-Anthony Picente
The County Board of Legislatures will vote on this law Wednesday, February 12, 2020.