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Petition would make disobeying school bus stop signs a federal crime

November 12, 2018 - 9:23 am
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WASHINGTON (1010 WINS) -- A deadly accident has sparked a movement that proponents say will keep children safe.

A petition on the White House website wants to make it a federal crime to disobey red lights and stop signs on school buses -- violators would be punished with jail time and a $5,000 fine.

WMTW reports the petition was created on October 31, the day after three siblings were killed by a driver as they crossed an Indiana street to get on their school bus. That and several other incidents the same week, prompted increased patrols in the area, but some parents say that isn't enough.

"Children are being injured or killed due to people running the alternating reds on school busses. individual state laws are largely ineffective and typically have no significant penalty. We call upon our President and Congress to act by signing legislation that will keep our children safe by instituting severe penalties on ppl who choose to violate the red lights on a bus such as 30 days in jail, 90 day dl suspension, 12 points on license and a mandatory minimum fine of $5000.00 for the first offense. This is the least we the American voters will accept," the petition reads.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 1,300 people were killed in school transportation-related accidents between 2006 and 2015.

The petition seeks 100,000 signatures, and had gathered just over 2,000 by Monday morning.