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Florida bill looking to double penalties for drivers who illegally pass school buses

Driver narrowly misses child while passing stopped school bus
Posted at 7:11 PM, Sep 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-24 19:11:27-04

(WTXL) — A Florida senator is looking to increase the penalty for people who fail to stop for a school bus dropping off or picking up students.

The bill, SB 290, was filed by Senator Ed Hooper, and if passed, it would double the fine for people who fail to stop for a school from $100 to $200. The bill states that if a person is caught committing the crime again within a five-year period thier license will be suspended for at least 180 days and up to 1 year.

The bill would also require a $400 fine instead of a $200 fine penalty if someone illegally passes a school bus on the side where children get on and off while the school bus is displaying the stop signal.

If someone commits the crime again within a five year period, their license will be suspended for at least 360 days and up to two years.

This bill is identical to one filed in the Florida House last month.

For more information on SB 290, click here.