(Atlantic) The Iowa Department of Transportation Commission approved an Emergency Administration rule that increases the driving privilege sanctions for illegally passing a stopped school bus. Atlantic Bus Superintendent Dave Eckels admits it is a problem.
“It is a problem and we have tried to get the word out and it has gotten better, but there are still people that are distracted while they are driving and simply do not see the bus,” stated Eckels. “I don’t want to see anyone lose their license, but it is a serious offense and we are trying to get it under control.”
The new Kayden’s Law was adopted after a 7-year-old Worth County girl was killed last year by a hit and run driver as she prepared to get on the school bus in rural Kensett.
The new law increases the penalties for passing a stopped school bus and directed the Iowa Department of Transportation to enact rules that make illegally passing a stopped school bus a serious moving violation that triggers increasing periods of suspension for first, second, and subsequent offenses.
The new rule provides that a person’s Iowa driving privilege will be suspended 30-days for a first conviction, 90-days for a second conviction, and 180-days for a third or subsequent conviction.
September 14, 2012