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May 31, 2011  |   Comments (2)   |   Post a comment

Student death leads to call for tougher bus passing legislation


KENSETT, Iowa — The mother of a student who befriended Kadyn Halverson has started a "Kadyn's Law" Facebook page in honor of the girl, who was killed by a motorist who failed to stop as she was walking across a road to board her school bus on May 10.  

Kim Koenigs dedicated the page to Halverson and her family, but the page is also a call for legislation that would provide tougher laws for drivers who illegally pass school buses that are loading or unloading students, the Des Moines Register reports. The page has already attracted more than 3,000 friends, according to Koenigs.

Aaron Gunderson, 31, was held briefly after the accident that killed Halverson, as previously reported by SBF. No charges have yet been filed against Gunderson, pending a state investigation that is not yet complete.   

State Sen. Amanda Ragan (D-Mason City) told the Des Moines Register she would anticipate the introduction of some legislation in the next session.

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I am sorry about the loss of life, but glad to hear laws are being strenghtened to help prevent future offenders..I am a bus driver in Madison Co Illinois,and also do School Bus Safety Assemblies at local grade schools.I use a powerpoint presentation showing bus safety to students,and I think a mothers testimonial/plea to grade school students via powerpoint video could have a positive impact on students using safety to cross traffic at or around school bus stops...

David Winfree    |    Jan 07, 2012 08:13 AM

A Facebook page may be just the answer. All of us have been trying for years to get this done.

Dan Luttrell    |    Jun 01, 2011 05:43 AM

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