Safety

Petition to White House Seeks to Toughen Penalties on Stop-Arm Running

Sadiah Thompson
Posted on November 12, 2018

A petition to the White House calls for tougher penalites on motorists who illegally pass a stopped school bus. File photo courtesy Michael Dallessandro
A petition to the White House calls for tougher penalites on motorists who illegally pass a stopped school bus. File photo courtesy Michael Dallessandro
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A petition submitted to the White House is seeking tougher penalties on motorists who illegally pass stopped school buses.

The petition, "Make bus stop safety a federal law," calls for penalties such as jail time, a 90-day driver’s license suspension, 12 penalty points on a driver’s license, and a mandatory minimum fine of $5,000 for the first offense. The petition must receive a total of 100,000 signatures by Nov. 30 to receive a response from the White House within 60 days.

The petition was created on Oct. 31. It follows a number of recent illegal stop-arm running incidents, including the fatal Indiana crash on Oct. 30 that killed three students and injured another as they were crossing a road to board their school bus.

A one-day survey conducted earlier this year by the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS) found that more than 80,000 motorists ran school bus stop arms in a single day. The numbers, according to NASDPTS, pointed to more than 15 million violations across the U.S. throughout a 180-day school year, and have brought attention to the need for more safety measures against stop-arm running.

To access the petition, go here.

Related Topics: legal issues, stop arms, stop-arm running/illegal passing

Comments ( 14 )
  • denise

     | about 16 days ago

    i have been in this industry for 23 plus years. My red light have been ran and I don't always get the number but I try dam hard to get it. The fine and penalties need to tough. These are our kids. I also think that every bus should have an aid on. When your hauling 50 kids and have to watch the road its not always easy. And when you add the weather in there. The aid does help and so does the camera's. Kids don't like to listen to the driver when they are crossing. Yes a parent should be there at the stops

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