U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski is backing a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proposal to study the best ways to prevent illegal passing of school buses and keep students safe.
“The tragic crash in Fulton County that claimed the lives of three precious children and injured a fourth was a wake-up call that we need to do more to keep kids safe on their way to and from school,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “I introduced the bipartisan Stop for School Buses Act to help states and local communities take the most effective actions to prevent dangerous and illegal passing of school buses. I’m glad NHTSA has announced plans to study these important issues so we can learn more about how to prevent future tragedies and protect our children.”
In a letter to the NHTSA, Walorski expressed full support for the two studies: one to assess driver knowledge about state laws governing school bus passing, and the other to survey the effectiveness of school bus camera enforcement along with public education to prevent illegal passing. The proposed studies are similar to what would be required under H.R. 2218, the Stop for School Buses Act, which Walorski introduced following the 2018 tragedy in Fulton County that claimed the lives of three siblings and critically injured a fourth student.
More information about the Stop for School Buses Act can be found here.