Indiana Senate passes school bus safety bill
A school bus safety bill has moved on to the House after the Indiana Senate passed Senate Bill 2 by a vote of 49 to 0 on Monday.
This is the bill that was inspired by a terrible tragedy in our viewing area when three children died and one was seriously injured at a Fulton County bus stop last fall.
Senate Bill 2 includes:
- Tougher penalties for violators
- Curbside drop offs and pickups on Indiana highways to prevent children from crossing the road
- The ability for school districts and individuals to petition for slower speeds in school zones
- School districts must review bus routes and safety policies every year by September 1
- An emphasis on school bus traffic rules at the BMV when getting a license
- School corporations may add stop arm cameras with enforcement measures
Alivia Stahl, Mason Ingle and Xzavier Ingle died in the Fulton County bus stop tragedy. Parents Brittany and Shane Ingle released the following statement after the Indiana Senate passed Senate Bill 2:
The authors of the bill are Randy Head of Logansport and Erin Houchin of Salem, Indiana.
Michael Schwab, Brittany Stahl's father and the grandfather of the three children killed in the crash, released the following statement:
NewsCenter 16 will follow the progress of this bill in the House as we continue our push for school bus safety solutions in Tricia Sloma's series of reports titled "Never Again: Preventing Bus Stop Tragedies."
- Never Again: Preventing bus stop tragedies
- North Liberty mom records bus stop violators in front of her house
- Alivia Stahl's dad: In his own words
- Never Again: Parents of children killed at bus stop lobby for legislation
- Never Again: Using legislation to prevent bus stop tragedies
- Rochester Community Schools gets hefty bus stop arm camera donation
- Never Again: Rochester school buses to be equipped with stop arm cameras
- Never Again: The dangers bus drivers deal with on the road - Part 1
- Never Again: School bus drivers debate road dangers - Part 2
- Never Again: Fathers of bus stop victims speak as legislation advances to IN Senate
- Never Again: Tippecanoe Valley receives donation for stop arm cameras