Petition Sent to White House Following Multiple Incidents that Killed Children at School Bus Stops
USA- Cbsnews.com writes that a petition was created on the government’s “We The People” site to address the violent crashes that killed school children waiting at bus stops in the United States. The petition was created on the 31st, the same day that three siblings were killed while trying to get to their bus in Indiana.*
The petition seeks federal laws that would increase the penalties for drivers who violate laws pertaining to passing school buses. It is illegal to pass a school buswhile its lights are flashing and while the stop sign arm is extended, but the laws are challenging to enforce. The petition wants to make the penalties so strong that people would pay more attention around these vehicles. The suggested penalties include jail time, license suspensions and fines in the thousands of dollars.
The petition will need to acquire 100,000 signatures in order to force the federal government to respond. As of Monday afternoon, the petition had 4,000 signatures. The last week of October saw the three children killed in Indiana, a child killed by a hit-and-run driver in Pennsylvania, a child struck in Mississippi, and five children hit in Florida, all at school bus stops.
Though school buses are considered to be one of the safestforms of transportation, children face the risk of being injured or killed whileboarding their buses or getting off the bus to go home. The petition received support from many peoplebut also was criticized by those who feel that the laws are sufficient, but that they need to be better enforced.
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