SEVERE WX : Flood Warning View Alerts
CLOSINGS: View Closings

Indiana lawmakers revise bill on passing stopped buses

Indiana lawmakers have revised a bill that would install cameras on school buses to catch and punish motorists who pass illegally to address concerns that anyone might profit from the legislation.

Posted: Mar 14, 2019 11:54 PM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers have revised a bill that would install cameras on school buses to catch and punish motorists who pass illegally to address concerns that anyone might profit from the legislation.

The Indiana House Courts and Criminal Code Committee on Wednesday amended the bill to bar schools or camera vendors from making money from the camera enforcement. Fines collected can be used to pay for camera equipment.

The bill comes after six-year-old twin brothers Xzavier and Mason Ingle and their nine-year-old sister, Alivia Stahl, were struck and killed by a pickup truck as they crossed a northern Indiana road to board a school bus in October.

The goal of the bill isn't to make money but to deter drivers from passing a school bus that has its stop arm extended, said Republican Sen. Randy Head, the bill's sponsor.

"There can be no ongoing source of revenue for the schools, there can be no ongoing source of revenue for the vendor," Head said.

The bill proposes suspending the driver's license for 90 days the first time someone passes a stopped school bus and a year for repeat offenders. It would raise the offense of not stopping for a school bus from a ticketed infraction to a misdemeanor and make it a felony offense to recklessly pass a bus and injure someone.

Brittany and Shane Ingle, the parents of the three children who were killed, say they're happy with the bill's progress.

"We hope that we can bring all sides together to come to with an agreement that will get everyone on board and we can get this important bill passed to help save children's lives," the couple said in a statement.

The bill passed the Senate last month. It'll now be considered by the full House.

Article Comments

West Lafayette
Scattered Clouds
56° wxIcon
Hi: 55° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 56°
Kokomo
Overcast
51° wxIcon
Hi: 52° Lo: 31°
Feels Like: 51°
Rensselaer
Clear
50° wxIcon
Hi: 52° Lo: 31°
Feels Like: 50°
Fowler
Clear
50° wxIcon
Hi: 53° Lo: 33°
Feels Like: 50°
Williamsport
Broken Clouds
55° wxIcon
Hi: 54° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 55°
Crawfordsville
Overcast
51° wxIcon
Hi: 51° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 51°
Frankfort
Overcast
54° wxIcon
Hi: 51° Lo: 33°
Feels Like: 54°
Delphi
Clear
52° wxIcon
Hi: 53° Lo: 31°
Feels Like: 52°
Monticello
Scattered Clouds
53° wxIcon
Hi: 53° Lo: 30°
Feels Like: 53°
Logansport
Broken Clouds
54° wxIcon
Hi: 51° Lo: 30°
Feels Like: 54°
Clearing & colder with patchy fog tonight to early Thursday morning.
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events