The new law ushers in harsher penalties for motorists who run a stop arm, establishes bus safety practice requirements, and allows reimbursement for stop-arm camera equipment.
School districts can install the cameras to record evidence of motorists illegally passing buses. Violators are charged a $100 fine and a $100 assessment, part of which goes into a fund to help districts purchase the cameras.
House Bill 1255 would establish the state’s Zero-Emission Vehicle School Bus Transition Grant Program to provide funding for electric school buses.
U.S. Reps. Jackie Walorski and Julia Brownley’s Stop for School Buses Act would direct the U.S. DOT to review existing laws and programs in all 50 states, recommend best practices, and create a nationwide public safety campaign.
Hudy Muldrow Sr. is charged with two counts of reckless vehicular homicide, 25 counts of assault by auto, and 16 additional counts of assault by auto as a disorderly persons offense for the May 2018 crash.
Governors sign legislation that double fines for illegally passing a stopped school bus.
A slew of bills are currently being proposed in multiple states to address school bus safety. Most involve toughening penalties on stop-arm running and allowing or even requiring stop-arm cameras on buses.
House Bill 111 would allow school districts and charter schools to install stop-arm camera systems. The legislation would also let districts use fine revenue to pay for installing and operating the cameras.
Indiana lawmakers cut a provision to let schools buy stop-arm cameras with a share of the fines from illegal passers and change a provision that would have made a license suspension mandatory.
Legislators have been considering multiple school bus safety bills over the last couple months, and are calling for revisions to those that address stop-arm violations with different tactics.
The legislation would allow a person who is at least 18 years old but under 21 to be licensed to drive a commercial motor vehicle.
The state House approves a bill that would allow school districts to install stop-arm cameras on school buses, and let law enforcement issue fines for bus passing violations.
Ohio and West Virginia lawmakers introduce bills that would double fines for the violation and increase the amount of time a motorist’s license is suspended. The bills also include provisions on cameras.