Penalties for passing school buses could become stiffer under new laws
Michigan drivers who fail to stop for a school bus displaying its stop sign could face harsher penalties under new bills in the state Legislature.
Senator Hertel says currently, drivers who ignore school bus signals are fined $100 for their first offense.
“Obviously, the current law is not strong enough because it continues to happen,” Hertel says.
He says the legislation aims to stiffen penalties for drivers who knowingly break the law.
Hertel says they also want to educate drivers who may be unaware that they have to stop for buses.
“Obviously, people make mistakes, but when we're talking about our kids' safety, making sure that these mistakes aren't happening, and certainly aren't happening repeatedly, I think is incredibly important,” Hertel says.
The bills would raise the fine for a first offense to $250.
Subsequent offenses could cost drivers between $500 and $1,000, and lead to having their driver's license suspended.