INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WLFI) - The school bus stopping bill is heading to Governor Eric Holcomb's desk. On Tuesday, the bill passed the Senate Conference Committee unanimously. It passed the House Conference Committee also passed it on Tuesday with a vote of 90 to four.
As News 18 previously reported, this is the bill that would create harsher punishments for drivers who pass a stopped school bus that has its stop arm out. This bill was written after three young children in Fulton County were hit by a car and killed as they boarded their school bus.
The incident happened in State Senator Randall Head's district. He is the one who authored the bill.
It raises the penalty of recklessly passing a stopped school bus from a class A misdemeanor to a level 6 felony. While getting this bill to the Governor's desk wasn't easy, he said it's a victory for students.
"We think that school children all over the state of Indiana will be safer now getting on and off the bus and that's a great thing," he said.
He said getting this bill passed means the children did not die in vain.
"Schools have been very cooperative," he said. "A lot of schools have been getting cameras and redoing their bus routes with an eye toward safety since this happened. A lot of good things have come from this horrible, horrible tragedy."
He also said that he has been in contact with the family of the children who were killed. He said they had "tears of joy" knowing that the bill was successful.
He also said the family has started traveling to other states to lobby for similar laws and share their story, in hopes of saving other young students.
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