With the kids headed back to school this week in New York State, officials remind drivers to be careful on the roads and watch your speed. There are cameras and new speed limits in place around school zones.

There are some areas and streets that have seen a big reduction in speed related incidents since the new zones and laws have gone in to place.

According to reports, in New York City, The Department of Transportation says since the cameras went round the clock last year, speeding violations have dropped 30-percent. The speed had the biggest change on Houston Street, where officials say speeding dropped by 96-percent.

As for back-to-school, it may be time to brush up on the laws around buses.

But with the new routine for families, comes the reminder for people on the roads around schools and villages. Erie County Clerk, Mickey Kearns has a few things to keep in mind.

How far from a bus should your vehicle be from a bus with the red lights on? According to the law:

Motorists must stop their cars at least 20 feet away from the bus and wait until the red lights stop flashing, the extended stop sign is withdrawn, and the bus begins moving before they can start driving again.

According to an email sent to us from Erie County Clerk, Mickey Kearns, there are very specific rules about a divided highway and what to do when a school bus stops in New York State.

When a school bus stops and flashes its red lights, traffic approaching from either direction must stop before reaching the bus: on a two-lane road, on multi-lane highways, or on divided highways.

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