Maharath Applauds Passage of School Bus Safety Act
February 10, 2020
Today state Sen. Tina Maharath (D-Canal Winchester) praised the Ohio Senate's recent, unanimous passage of Senate Bill 134, the "School Bus Safety Act."
“As a parent, school bus safety is a huge concern. I am happy that lawmakers are looking at thoughtful legislation to keep our children safe,” said Maharath, who co-sponsored the bill.
The School Bus Safety Act will bring awareness to the importance of school bus safety and increase penalties for people who violate laws designed to protect students while going to and from school. Under the bill, the fine for improperly passing a school bus will double on the first offense. For repeat offenders, the fine will increase $250 and include a rise in the level of driver’s license suspension for each subsequent violation.
SB 134 will also enhance the penalty for vehicular homicide or vehicular assault and create a new penalty to ensure that any driver who hits or kills a child with their car will face a felony if it results from improperly passing a school bus.
According to a Columbus Dispatch report, there were 4,306 accidents involving a school bus and 4,198 drivers cited for failing to stop for a school bus between 2015 and 2017.
Senate Bill 134 will now be sent to the Ohio House for assignment to a standing committee and further consideration.