State Rep. Bronna Kahle, of Adrian, has voted in support of a plan to improve safety for students in Michigan.
The bipartisan plan defines who is and isn’t allowed on a school bus while strengthening penalties for those who board buses without permission.
“Our students ride the bus every single day and it should be our priority to keep them safe,” Kahle said. “Too many tragedies have occurred over the years on Michigan school buses or while children are boarding or exiting a bus. This is an opportunity for improvement.”
The proposals would:
- Set a penalty for boarding a school bus without permission of the driver as a civil infraction, which is punishable by a fine up to $500. A civil infraction penalty for impeding the progress or operation of a school bus will also be established.
- Allow a sticker to be affixed to the side of a bus stating that unauthorized individuals attempting to board are subject to a civil infraction and fine.
- Allow stop-arm cameras to be installed on buses. Video or photography would be allowed as evidence for law enforcement prosecuting vehicles that illegally pass a school bus. Corresponding legislation will spell out other specifications for any camera usage.
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