State Reps. Richard Brown (D-Canal Winchester) and Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) today introduced House Bill 83 to codify current Ohio Department of Public Safety policy and allow districts to install safety cameras on their school buses. The cameras, to be installed on the exterior of the school buses, are intended to assist in catching motorists who illegally pass stopped buses.
“I am excited to work with Rep. Shaffer on this important bipartisan effort to make our roads safer for everyone, particularly our school children,” said Rep. Brown. “This bill will help ensure the safety of our students by making it clear that exterior school bus safety cameras are allowed both on our roadways and in Ohio’s courtrooms.”
House Bill 83 would also ensure that school bus cameras can be used to gather evidence against a driver who illegally passes a stopped bus. Current Ohio law uses only accounts from school bus drivers to report drivers who violate the law by passing a stopped bus. The new legislation will help support bus drivers, keep children safe and provide additional information to help identify offending motorists.