STATEHOUSE (Feb. 19, 2019) – A bill co-authored by State Sen. Aaron Freeman (R-Indianapolis) that would comprehensively address school bus safety issues in Indiana recently passed the Senate unanimously.
Senate Bill 2 would:
• Increase the penalties for drivers who violate school bus stop laws, including making a violation that results in death a Level 5 felony and automatically suspending the driving privileges of those who violate school bus stop laws;
• Allow schools the ability to use stop-arm cameras;
• Require schools to minimize bus stops that make children cross highways in high-speed areas; and
• Increase public awareness about Indiana’s school bus laws.
“As lawmakers, we need to do all we can to protect our children, as their lives are of the utmost importance,” Freeman said. “This legislation would enforce stricter penalties for school bus stop violations as well as encourage drivers to slow down and keep the safety of Hoosier children in mind when on the road.”
Additionally, this bill would also require each school corporation, charter school or accredited nonpublic school that provides student transportation to review their school bus routes and safety policies annually.
SB 2 will now move to the House of Representatives for further consideration.
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