Never Again: Using legislation to prevent bus stop tragedies

INDIANAPOLIS (WNDU) - The deaths of three children at their Fulton County bus stop is on the minds of lawmakers in Indianapolis.

As Tricia Sloma was first to report on Monday, lawmakers filed new bills designed to prevent bus stop tragedies from happening again.

Tricia was back in Indianapolis again Tuesday to attend a news conference, and the school bus safety campaign is underway.

This Thursday, Jan. 10 is the deadline for lawmakers to file their bills in the new session. Already, a handful of school bus safety bills – bills motivated by the deaths of three children in Fulton County – are in the mix.

On Tuesday at the Indiana Statehouse, Sen. Randy Head, R-Logansport, was joined by lawmakers who also have bus safety bills or support the legislation.

"The bones of Senate Bill No. 2 are that it will raise penalties for people who violate traffic safety laws regarding stopped school buses by going around stopped school buses with the stop arm extended," Head said. "It says on state highways, no child should cross a lane of traffic while getting on the bus or leaving the bus, unless there's no other alternative, and it allows school districts to petition relative authorities to reduce speeds at bus stops."

Family members of the three Fulton County victims were on hand to express their support, appreciation and passion for strict new laws.

"I support this bill 100 percent," said Brittany Ingle who lost three children in October. "And we're very, very passionate about this. Our children meant the world to us."

"Safety is our No. 1 concern," Shane Ingle said. "[It's] still is our No. 1 concern. And we care. This is our drive. This is important."