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Lawmaker calls for stronger penalties for violating a school bus stop arm

An Indiana lawmaker is calling to stiffen penalties for violating a school bus stop arm after three children were killed in Rochester.

Posted: Nov 14, 2018 2:44 PM

INDIANAPOLIS (WLFI) — An Indiana lawmaker is calling to stiffen penalties for violating a school bus stop arm after three children were killed in Rochester.

State senator Eric Bassler thinks the punishment for driving past a school bus stop arm is not harsh enough. If a driver hurts or kills someone after passing a stop arm their license gets suspended for a year and they receive a $1,500 fine.

Bassler plans to introduce a bill in January that would toughen the penalty to a misdemeanor meaning the driver could be arrested and sent to jail.

The Madison County prosecutor thinks the bill is an interesting idea but says its unlikely violators in his community would go to jail.

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