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Bus Stop-Arm Violation Bill

Steve Wagner

The Indiana House voted Bill 1042 through on last Thursday by a vote of 72-22. This bill will authorize the use of cameras on school buses to monitor stop-arm violations.

The bill has faced a fair amount of controversy, because implementation of these cameras will be costly, and skeptics have said there simply aren’t enough violations to make these cameras worth the costs. Supporters of the bills are saying that even the life of one child is worth the cost of all the camera installations.

When a stop-arm violation is recorded on the cameras, police will review the footage and fines will be issued to the violator. The first fine will be $300, the second fine will be $750, and the third fine will be $1000 (if all fines are accumulated within a 5-year period).

The money received from the fines will be divided amongst the camera company, the school districts and the police department. We are in favor of this bill, hoping it will deter drivers from violating stop-arms and prevent injuries to children getting on and off their buses.

Has your child been injured as the result of another driver’s negligence? If so, give the personal injury lawyers of Wagner Reese a call and let us assist you in recovering the damages you have experienced. We offer a free consultation to discuss your bus accident or other injury case.

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