School bus camera bill passes House
STATEHOUSE – State Rep. Milo Smith (R-Columbus) authored legislation focusing on school bus traffic safety, which passed the Indiana House of Representatives Thursday with a 72-22 vote.
House Bill (HB) 1042 allows schools to place a camera on the outside of buses to capture evidence of vehicles violating school bus stop arm traffic laws. Currently, drivers who pass school buses while the stop arm is extended could face a penalty of up to $10,000, yet it’s one of the most difficult motor vehicle violations for law enforcement to monitor. With HB 1042, schools would be able to provide video evidence of such violations to law enforcement, who could then issue citations of $300, $750 and $1,000 for first, second and third offenses.
“Passing a school bus while its stopped to pick up or drop off children is one of the most dangerous violations a driver can commit,” said Rep. Smith. “Because bus drivers are focusing on the children, they don’t have the time or ability to identify the drivers of cars committing the violation. It is my hope that this bill will bring peace of mind to every parent in the state of Indiana that we do not take this violation lightly.”
HB 1042 will now move to the Senate for further discussion. If signed into law, it will go into effect on July 1, 2014.
To find the most up-to-date bill status, visit www.in.gov/legislative.