The Mississippi Senate has unanimously passed a bill designed to improve safety on school buses and on campuses during pick-up and drop-off times. The bill says striking a child with a vehicle after passing a school bus would be felony with a $5,000 minimum fine and up to five years in prison. The House had previously passed a separate bill to increase fines and suspend the license of a driver passing a stopped school bus. The bill states that a driver striking a child while passing a bus can be charged with aggravated assault and sentenced to a maximum 20 years in prison. Both bills would ban any school bus driver from using a cell phone while the bus is moving. Final action on this legislation is expected very soon.
Source: Insurance Journal
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