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HB 1239 — School Bus Safety

by Rep. Eagle and others (SB 1622 by Senators Passidomo and Torres)

This summary is provided for information only and does not represent the opinion of any Senator, Senate Officer, or Senate Office.

Prepared by: Criminal Justice Committee (CJ)

The bill creates the “Cameron Mayhew Act” to require a driver who illegally passes a stopped school bus resulting in death or serious bodily injury of another person to serve 120 community service hours in a trauma center or hospital and to participate in a victim’s impact panel or attend a Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles approved driver improvement course that relates to the rights of vulnerable road users relative to vehicles on the roadway.

The bill also imposes a $1,500 fine; a 1-year driver license suspension; and two additional points, for a total of 6 points added to a person’s driver license for drivers who illegally pass a stopped school bus resulting in death or serious bodily injury of another person.

If approved by the Governor, these provisions take effect July 1, 2017.

Vote: Senate 28-6; House 118-0