Senators introduce bill to curb illegal school bus passing

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WASHINGTON D.C. (WOOD) — After two students were injured in Montcalm County last year, bipartisan legislation has been introduced in the U.S. Senate to prevent drivers from passing school buses stopped at loading zones.

Democratic Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan and Republican Sen. Todd Young of Indiana introduced the Stop for School Buses Act of 2019.

It comes after two students were injured when they were hit by a car that failed to stop at a bus stop in Montcalm County’s Winfield Township on Oct. 1, 2018. Also, a driver hit and killed three siblings and injured a fourth student when they were getting onto a school bus in Rochester, Indiana last year.

The legislation would require the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration to review best practices to prevent vehicles from illegally passing school buses when students are getting on and off, according to a news release from Peters’ office.

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