The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday that two individuals were ticketed for passing stopped Sidney school buses last month.
Jasmine M. Gonzales, 30, of Sidney, was ticketed for a Sept. 19 incident, and Lacey C. Speidell, 22, of Unadilla, was ticketed in connection with a Sept. 24 incident, according to Sheriff Craig DuMond.
DuMond said both incidents were reported by the school’s transportation director to the school resource officer, who serves with the sheriff’s office, after cameras on the buses captured images of the passing vehicles and license plates.
Images captured by the cameras are time-stamped and include information on when the bus stopped and when the flashing red lights and stop arms are activated, according to DuMond.
Drivers ticketed for passing stopped school buses are subject to fines in local court and possible points assessed to their drivers’ licenses, DuMond said. The fine amounts and points increase with each additional offense.
DuMond said a number of Delaware County schools have already equipped their buses with cameras, and others are “actively pursuing it.”
“To think it’s unbelievable that somebody would pass a school bus — it’s not,” DuMond said, calling the act “unconscionable.”
“It’s a matter of life and death for our most precious resource — our children,” he said.
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