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Introduced Senate Bill (S)

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School bus safety. Increases the penalty, from a Class A infraction to a Class C misdemeanor, for an individual who fails to stop when a school bus's stop arm is extended. Provides that the court shall suspend the person's driving privileges: (1) for 90 days; or (2) if the person has committed at least one previous school bus arm offense, for one year. Increases the penalty, from a Class B misdemeanor to a Class A misdemeanor, for an individual who recklessly passes a school bus when its stop arm is extended. Increases the penalty, from a Class A misdemeanor to School bus safety. Increases the penalty, from a Class A infraction to a Class C misdemeanor, for an individual who fails to stop when a school bus's stop arm is extended. Provides that the court shall suspend the person's driving privileges: (1) for 90 days; or (2) if the person has committed at least one previous school bus arm offense, for one year. Increases the penalty, from a Class B misdemeanor to a Class A misdemeanor, for an individual who recklessly passes a school bus when its stop arm is extended. Increases the penalty, from a Class A misdemeanor to a Level 6 felony, for an individual who recklessly passes a school bus when its stop arm is extended if the action results in injury. Provides that if an individual is convicted of recklessly passing a school bus causing bodily injury to a person, the individual may be fined not more than $20,000. Provides that the court shall suspend the driving privileges of a person who recklessly passes a school bus when its stop arm is extended: (1) for 90 days; or (2) if the person has committed at least one previous school bus arm offense, for one year. Provides that a person who has the person's license suspended may not obtain specialized driving privileges. Provides that on or before September 1, 2019, and each September 1 thereafter, each school corporation, charter school, or accredited nonpublic school that provides transportation for students must review each school's school bus routes and school bus safety policies to improve the safety of students and adults. Provides that the state school bus committee, in consultation with the department of education (department), shall develop and post on the department's Internet web site school bus safety guidelines or best practices. Provides that the department, in consultation with the department of transportation, shall include on the department's Internet web site information on how an individual or school may petition to reduce maximum speed limits in areas necessary to ensure that students are safely loaded onto or unloaded from a school bus. Provides that when a school bus is operated on a: (1) U.S. route or state route, the driver may not load or unload a student at a location that requires the student to cross a roadway unless no other safe alternatives are available; and (2) street or highway other than a U.S. route or state route, the driver shall load and unload a student as close to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway as practicable. ... View more