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 ( 15 )
  • james

     | about 8 months ago

    What a waste of time and money on pushing law enforcement. Pressure the bus makers with law change , to make it when a bus stops , it lights up.... like 2 police car and 2 ambulances , people need to see better, that's all................

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