Michigan senator wants to improve school bus safety

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A new law would prevent drivers from passing school buses stopped at loading zones.

The proposed law comes nearly one year after an incident in Montcalm County where two students were seriously injured after they were hit by a passing car while crossing the street for their bus to school. That bus was stopped within the loading zone. 

The bipartisan legislation was introduced in part by Senator Gary Peters.

“Parents should expect their children to be safe going to and from school,” said Senator Peters. “That’s why I’m introducing the bipartisan Stop for School Buses Act to conduct a top-to-bottom review on what more can be done to address school bus safety.”

Additionally, a senator from Indiana backs the proposed law after a driver struck and killed three young siblings and injured a fourth student while they were boarding their school bus in his home state.

If passed, the act would require the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration to review and report on existing school bus passing laws and current school bus safety technology to prevent illegal passing. 

The review would include  determining whether states can improve driver education, reviewing safety countermeasures and developing a public safety messaging campaign.  


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