Harsher penalties for bus related violations

[BATON ROUGE] – On Tuesday the House reported favorably a bill regarding harsher penalties for causing injuries as a result of overtaking and passing school busses.

Rep. Ledricka Thierry proposed the bill that states there will be enhanced penalties for overtaking or passing a school bus when injury or death occurs as a result.

Rep. Barbara Norton said, “We need to do everything we can do to keep our children safe.”

Violations can cost between $200 – $5,000 dollars, suspension of driver’s license and even imprisonment with the proposed bill.

Thierry said, “The bill was requested by the state police and retains the present law.” The proposed law provides for graduated penalties upon injury, serious bodily injury or death of another person.

The present law prohibits overtaking and passing school busses in certain situations. It also says that whoever violates the law shall be fined $100 and no more than $500 or imprisoned for not more than six months, or both, and shall have his or her driver’s license suspended upon third or subsequent offences.

“I support the bill. The end result should be public safety.” said Rep. Terry Landry.

The bill is currently pending house final passage.

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