Herron Keyon Gaston

State Senator

Herron Keyon Gaston

Deputy Majority Leader

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February 16, 2024

Senator Gaston Releases Statement Following Footage of Drivers Illegally Passing School Buses

Today, state Senator Herron Keyon Gaston (D-Bridgeport), Senate Chair of the Public Safety and Security Committee is releasing a statement following data and footage of drivers caught on camera illegally passing stopped school buses in Bridgeport.


“Not only is it irresponsible and illegal for drivers to illegally pass a stopped school bus, but it endangers the lives of children getting onto or off the bus and other drivers on the road,” said Sen. Gaston. “It is crucial for drivers to exercise caution, obey traffic laws, and prioritize safety when encountering school buses. We have to save children’s lives.”


This legislative session, as Chair of the Public Safety and Security Committee, Senator Gaston will look to address different ways to crack down on drivers illegally passing school busses through legislation. Senator Gaston believes Connecticut needs to invest in smart camera technology that can catch a driver as soon as they pass a stopped school bus, resulting in a ticket and possible fine increase for each additional infraction.


The Public Safety and Security Committee is still in the process of raising legislative concepts and more information will be made available when this particular concept is brought before the committee.