Indiana legislators back tougher law on passing school buses

Indiana drivers would face tougher penalties for passing stopped school buses under a bill that’s been approved by legislators.

Posted: Apr 23, 2019 10:02 PM
Updated: Apr 24, 2019 6:24 AM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana drivers would face tougher penalties for passing stopped school buses under a bill that’s been approved by legislators.

The Indiana House and Senate on Tuesday both voted in favor of the bill letting a judge suspend a driver’s license for 90 days the first time someone was convicted of recklessly passing a stopped bus. Other provisions would create felony offenses to recklessly pass a bus and injure or kill someone.

Relatives of three children fatally struck while crossing a northern Indiana highway urged lawmakers to support the tougher penalties.

The youths were killed in the Oct. 30 pre-dawn collision near Rochester. The driver who hit the children told authorities she didn’t realize she was approaching a stopped bus.

The bill now goes to Gov. Eric Holcomb for consideration.

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