Proposed Law in Florida Would Strengthen the Penalties for Passing Stopped School Buses
NAPLES, FLORIDA – As reported in an online news article published by www.winknews.com, a proposed law seeks to increase the fines associated with failing to stop and yield to a stopped school bus.*
A Florida lawmaker has introduced a bill that would increase the fines for drivers who drive around a stopped school bus. The lawmaker wants to put a stop to conduct that places kids’ lives in danger, stating that there is “bright, school zone signage” to alert drivers.
One parent stated that “anything can happen at any time,” and that there is “hardly a day that goes by where we don’t go by an accident.”
A 12th grade student chooses to avoid school buses altogether, feeling it is much safer for her mother to take her to school, stating that she feels “a little more comfortable with [her] mom taking [her].”
The 12th grader supports a new law that would strengthen the penalties for drivers who fail to stop behind stopped school buses letting kids off the bus, and that strengthened penalties would make a driver think twice about driving around a stopped school bus and that they “would follow the rules more.”
The proposed law to enhance the fines for drivers who illegally drive around a stopped school bus would increase the fines up to $400 for each violation. Additionally, in some cases, a driver may face suspension of his or her driver’s license. If the proposed law is passed by the Florida legislature and signed by the Governor, it could take effect on July 1, 2020.
One individual is unsure about the proposed law and does not believe the new law is going to prevent drivers from continuing to break the law, stating that she doesn’t “think [the new law] is going to stop anybody.”
Another individual believes the proposed law to enhance penalties for drivers who break the law is not enough to stop drivers from continuing to break the law. The man thinks bus stops should be relocated off the main roads where there is less traffic, stating that it’s “just safer and it’ll avoid a lot of complications, frustrations with people trying to get to work.”
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