U.S. Reps. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) and Julia Brownley (D-Calif.) this week introduced bipartisan legislation to improve student safety by examining ways to prevent dangerous, illegal passing of school buses when children are present. The bipartisan Stop for School Buses Act (H.R. 2218) would improve efforts to prevent illegal passing by directing the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) to conduct a comprehensive review of existing laws and programs, recommend best practices, and create a nationwide public safety campaign.
Walorski announced the bill Thursday at the Rochester School Corporation following a demonstration of recently installed school bus cameras, which engage when the stop arm is extended so authorities can hold drivers accountable for illegal passing. Walorski also met with the parents of three siblings who tragically lost their lives last year walking to their bus in Fulton County. Alivia Stahl, Xzavier Ingle, and Mason Ingle died and a fourth student was injured when they were struck by a vehicle passing a school bus with its stop arm extended.