Protecting Children On School Buses
Any motorist who passes a stopped school bus that's receiving or removing passengers would be convicted of a felony if a person is seriously injured in a bill unanimously approved by the Senate. House bill 1400 is sponsored by Rep. Dale Folwell (R-Forsyth), whose 7-year-old son was killed boarding a bus in 1999. Folwell introduced the bill at the request of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school board. The bill sent to the Senate also would make it a higher grade of misdemeanor if the motorist passes the bus while its red lights are flashing or its mechanical stop signal is in use. The bill now returns to the House, which approved a similar version of the bill in May, for concurrence.