Wyoming lawmakers consider tougher bus-passing penalties

Posted on June 6, 2013

CASPER, Wyo. — The state Legislature’s Joint Education Committee has called for the creation of a bill that would increase the penalties for drivers who illegally pass stopped school buses, the Star-Tribune reports.

As previously reported, students at a school district in Riverton, Wyo., had urged lawmakers to make changes to school bus safety laws following the death of their classmate, Makayla Marie Strahle. Strahle was killed in December 2011; she was crossing a road after disembarking her school bus when a vehicle struck her.

Now, lawmakers in the Joint Education Committee plan to consider and discuss the proposed changes at their next meeting in July, according to the Star-Tribune. Rep. Matt Teeters told the newspaper that the committee is interested in raising the penalties for bus-passing violations and making it a stepped offense so that penalties are increased for multiple offenses. Current state statute lists a maximum penalty of $750 and six months in jail.

The legislators also are considering installing external cameras on all daily route buses to help in catching and citing offenders.

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Related Topics: fatalities, stop-arm running/illegal passing, Wyoming

Comments ( 1 )
  • Dan Luttrell

     | about 6 years ago

    What has always surprised me in all my 29 years involved with school transportation is the fact that the State's have to waste so much valuable time politicizing a public safety concern for the loss of a child's life while loading or unloading a school bus. Stupid is what stupid does and if there is some question to the effect that debating laws that actually protects and strengthens fines and prosecution processes somehow is a bad thing to do - then you all will be still debating these senseless issues well after all of us alive today are dead and gone. Governors and the President can pardon criminals serving time in jails but they can't read a proposal for improvements in protecting children at their school bus stops and sign an Executive Order to enact such laws? Let me hear what several Governors have to say on this challenge to finally get something done to unify school bus safety laws across the United States while we still have such freedoms to do so. Yes - I am not very happy about this being an on going issue when it should have been addressed many many years ago. If school bus transportation is going to continue to be the safest form of public school transportation then strong people have to step in and take the lead on this and get people moving instead of talking and wasting more time. I'm just saying .... Dan - Indiana.

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