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March 05, 2012  |   Comments (5)   |   Post a comment

Iowa illegal bus passing bill advances


DES MOINES, Iowa — The state Senate has unanimously passed legislation that would increase the penalties for motorists who pass school buses with their red lights flashing and stop arm extended, The Associated Press reports.

The bill is named after 7-year-old Kadyn Halverson, who was struck and killed by a pickup truck last year as she was walking across a road to board her school bus. Legislative leaders reportedly predicted that the bill will be sent to Gov. Terry Branstad and signed into law.

(As SBF previously reported, Branstad has expressed support for such legislation.) 

Under the Senate bill, the current fine of $200 with no possibility of jail time for a school bus-passing violation would be increased to a fine of up to $675 and up to 30 days in jail for a first offense. Second offenses would result in a fine of up to $1,875 and up to a year in prison. Motorists would face stiffer penalties if they cause a serious injury or death in a bus-passing incident.

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Mary, your comment is well taken. I just want to add one twist to it. "Will it still be too much trouble to find and prosecute the violator when one of our POLICE officers (god forbid) is struck and...” My point is not that I wish this should happen; don't get me wrong, I don’t want anyone to get hurt ever. My point is that there is never a trouble when you HAVE to protect lives, especially our precious children, and we have to do everything in our power to do it. Even when it is TROUBLE, it is an outrage.

Billy    |    Mar 08, 2012 08:38 AM

I am a bus driver in Central Illinois and we have the same problem as every other school district in every other state. Vehicles running our stop arms, police not concerned or can't be bothered and the State's Attorney telling us that "prosecuting school bus stop arm violators is too much trouble". My question is: Will it still be too much trouble to find and prosecute the violator when one of our children is struck and killed?

Mary    |    Mar 08, 2012 08:26 AM

I am a Bus Driver in NY State Rockland County; I can tell you that the police do not do anything to stop this outrage. A few months ago (Nov. 6th. 2011) a child was struck and killed by a car. The first few days, (yes you read right DAYS) they (the police) were on the case. That's it, nothing was done, and nothing will get done. A day does not go by without an incident of someone passing my red flashing school bus. Perhaps if such a tough law will pass here, then our children will be safer.

Billy    |    Mar 08, 2012 04:30 AM

Fantastic!! Now if ALL the states would pass the same or similar bills AND the courts inpose/enforce the punishments, maybe there would be less injuries and deaths! New York will not do anything unless a police officer witnesses the offence or there is injury/death involved. What parent wants to lose their child in order for the laws to be inforced?

Fritz Lohrey    |    Mar 06, 2012 03:37 PM

I wish massasachutes would pass a bill like that here. Most towns police dept don't bother with this kind of problem

steve    |    Mar 06, 2012 03:25 PM

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