Iowa illegal bus passing bill advances

Posted on March 5, 2012

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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Related Topics: Iowa, stop-arm running/illegal passing

Comments ( 5 )
  • Billy

     | about 6 years ago

    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.

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