Triad, NC-- WFMY News 2 talked with a NC legislator about proposed bills that would toughen the penalties for breaking the stop-arm law.
Senator Bingham proposed Senate Bill 16: Revoke License For Passing Stopped School Bus.
The bill proposes that a violator lose their license for 30 days. If it happens twice, you lose your license for 90 days.
The bill passed in the Senate and now it's being stalled in the House. Senator Bingham hopes the transportation committee will vote on the bill soon.
After WFMY News 2's Liz Crawford talked to Senator Bingham on Monday, he said he would reach out to the chair of the transportation committee to make sure it doesn't get overlooked.
"It's going to take something such as this to wake these people up and realize the danger and of course, hopefully, it will save lives. If we don't get any results from it, we'll look at other alternatives, " said Senator Bingham.
Another bill is in the works too, House Bill 428: NC School Bus Safety Act.
This raises the minimum fine for violating the law to $500. If you hit a child, the fine would be at least $2,500. Killing someone would be a minimum of $5,000. Under this bill, if you violate the school bus law more than once in three years, your license would be revoked for one year. Lastly, the bill encourages school districts to purchase and install cameras on buses to catch violators.
Senator Bingham added, "It's just going to take something that's going to have more teeth in the law where people will begin to realize. I don't know of anything more pressing than someone to lose their driving privilege."
News 2 took images of different school bus scenarios to different drivers. Look through the slideshow to test yourself on your School Bus Safety Law knowledge.
Find all the right answers here: STOP! NC School Bus Safety Laws
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