Parents Hope School Bus Bill Becomes a Law

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

All drivers know to stop when a school bus is picking up or dropping off students, and the possibility of a new law would reinforce that rule.

Already passed by the West Virginia House of Delegates, now it's the Senate's turn to help determine if prison time will be given to drivers who cause injury or even death by not stopping for a school bus.

Many are pushing for the law, including the family of a six-year-old girl who died after being hit by an oncoming car when getting off the bus. That incident happened more than two years ago in Lincoln County, but it's a concern for parents everywhere.

"If they're speeding when they see a school bus and they don't come to a stop, or they're on their cell phone texting or whatever; yes, it would be nice if they could be penalized," Heather Boggs, a parent, said.

"You stop when you see a bus. You're careful. You're cautious, and if you see their stop sign or they're stopped you stop. If people are not stopping, they certainly need to be punished," Alice Lawrence, a parent, said.

If the bill passes, drivers who cause injury could face up to three years in prison. In the case of death, that sentence could raise to ten years. The bill also increases fines and adds license suspensions for lesser offenses.

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  • by Scott Location: Parkersburg on Mar 8, 2010 at 09:48 AM
    If the laws are there on the books, then it is up to the prosecuter to use them. a new law will change nothing. When we start creating laws based solely on emotions. We all lose. enforce the laws in effect or there is no use for the law in the first place. Does anyone remember the K.I.S.S. principle in this country anymore?
  • by Misty Location: Wood County on Mar 5, 2010 at 10:24 AM
    I know that law is in place, but it is never reinforced. There are a lot of laws that don't get a second look like these laws. They just don't push as hard to do anything about these ones. Seems as though life is not as important to the officials. If there are harsher punishments set into place for this crime, then maybe the city and state could benefit more from the steep penalties of fines they can collect for use by them. Just a thought. Regardless, something does need to be done to people who are breaking these laws because you can't always give back the life that you destroy or take away from the victims. Even if they survive they never can escape the injury it has caused so many.
  • by Barbara on Mar 5, 2010 at 09:15 AM
    Many many years ago, I was one of those people who drove past a STOPPED school bus. Though it is no excuse, I had just got my license and was a very inexperienced driver. The one think that has stuck in my memory since that happen was the bus driver standing up and shaking her fist at me as I approached the bus. I could see her lips moving, but could not make out what she was saying. For a split second I said what's she upset about - then it dawned on me. Believe me, the image of her anger and her fist shaking at me has never left me. This law will be a good think.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 4, 2010 at 04:10 PM
    why dont oour leaders focus on things that needs to be law instead of making another law about school busses loading and un-loading. REALLY does P.burg need 3 laws conerning curfew?
  • by sneezbug on Mar 4, 2010 at 04:08 PM
    just re-read the drivers handbook, it is a law.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 4, 2010 at 04:07 PM
    it already is a law
  • by Misty Location: Wood County on Mar 4, 2010 at 02:48 PM
    I think this is a great ideal and feel it should not only stop at the bus stop but also for individuals who do not move over or pull over to the side of the road during an emergency response crew trying to get to and from emercency calls. People are cheated of the time that is crucial to living by the idiots who have no respect for the emergency crews. I have seen this many times. They need to be able to reinforce it with a stricter punishment as well.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 4, 2010 at 02:36 PM
    What about Mark Byers that run over and killed a fellow Public Debt employee because the windows were tinted and music was loud. He just got his hand smacked.
  • by Ted Location: Parkersburg on Mar 4, 2010 at 01:44 PM
    I agree with most here. What is the difference between a law such as this and the laws which already govern the same type of pedestrian vehicle accidents?
  • by Bill Location: Parkersburg on Mar 4, 2010 at 01:12 PM
    Wow "me", you site a case from 24 years ago? 24 years ago? Really? They toughened the laws for drunk driving and the number of cases never went down in relation to it, what makes people think this will change anything?
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