The governor signs legislation that increases penalties for illegally passing a school bus. It also allows for the owner of the vehicle to be charged even if the driver can’t be identified.
The school district, government and police department in Fulton County partner on the initiative to crack down on illegal passing of school buses.
Police say that the two admitted to having a student deactivate the child reminder device on their bus before they arrived at school.
After exiting his school bus, a 13-year-old in Texas is approached by two men, who reportedly demand at gunpoint that he get in their car.
The school bus driver made an evasive maneuver that “prevented a potentially catastrophic tragedy,” officials for the Texas district say.
The Tennessee bill, prompted by a fatal crash in Knoxville, would toughen penalties for school bus drivers who use an electronic device while driving or loading students.
Jean Tuggy was found dead in her house in Pennsylvania last week. Police are considering it an intentional homicide, although possible motives were unclear.
Setting stop-arm fine amounts that drivers will take seriously is important. But if the penalties become too steep, do they become ineffective? For example, Iowa has seen more violations pleaded down or dismissed since increasing fines.
The South Carolina legislation would apply when a vehicle illegally passes a school bus and is recorded by a stop-arm camera, but the driver can’t be identified.
In Greensboro, North Carolina, a motorist turns himself in a week after allegedly driving up on the sidewalk next to a stopped school bus and hitting a student.
According to police in Hamilton, Ontario, the bus was stolen by a youth who needed a ride home, and then he took it for a joyride a week later.
Anna Sollozzo, who worked for the Yonkers (N.Y.) Board of Education, pleaded guilty to second degree grand larceny and third degree criminal tax fraud charges for her role in billing the board for non-existent bus service for nearly two years.
The “See Something, Say Something” concept advises that everyone has a responsibility to report suspicious activity. School bus driver Shawn Ost and his passengers did just that when a strange van was parked in a driveway at a bus stop.