Student death leads to call for tougher bus passing legislation

Posted on May 31, 2011

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.

Related Topics: stop-arm running/illegal passing

Comments ( 2 )
  • David Winfree

     | about 6 years ago

    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...

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