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SUGGESTIONS FOR NEW LEGISLATION

UPDATE - To date, this proposed legislation has passed the Indiana Senate Committee (unanimous vote 10-0) as well as a vote by the full Indiana Senate (unanimous vote 49-0) and goes before the Indiana House Committee for vote on March 6, 2019. Your continued support will be greatly appreciated. We will update you on March 6th regading the status of this important piece of legislation. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Some of the things that should be included in any new legislation to authorize the use of automated side stop signal arm enforcement systems
(school bus stop arm cameras) would be:

  • Require the driver of a vehicle meeting or overtaking a bus stopped on a highway or traffic way to stop at least 30 feet before reaching the school bus when the red signal lights on the school bus are flashing and the side stop signal arms are activated
  • Prohibit the driver from proceeding past a stopped bus until the flashing red signal lights are no longer activated and the school bus stop arm has been removed.
  • Authorize a school bus driver to prepare a report if a driver is observed violating these rules
  • Require the driver of a vehicle meeting or overtaking any school bus to proceed past the school bus with caution and be prepared to stop when the amber signal lights are flashing
  • Specify that the driver of a vehicle upon a highway or trafficway with separate roadways need not stop upon meeting or passing a school bus with actuated red signal lights which is on a different roadway
  • Authorize school district to install and operate an automated side stop signal arm enforcement system
  • Require the automated side stop signal arm enforcement system to use necessary technologies to ensure that photographs and/or recorded video images produced by the system shall not identify the operator, the passengers or the contents of the vehicle.
  • Require that the images obtained through the use of an automated side stop signal arm enforcement system to be destroyed within one year of final disposition of the recorded event
  • Authorize a school district to enter into an agreement with a private vendor or manufacturer to provide an automated side stop signal arm enforcement system on each bus within its fleet up to including the installation, operation and maintenance of the systems
  • Define “automated side stop signal arm enforcement system” as a camera system with two or more camera sensors and computers that produce recorded video and two or more film or digital photographic still images of a motor vehicle being used or operated in a manner that violates the proposed “MAX STRONG ACT”.
  • Requires school districts adopting a school bus safety camera program to submit an annual report to the Governor and the Legislature on the results of the program. The report shall include data on:
    • the numbers of buses and routes the cameras were used on
    • the total amount of violations captured
    • the number of tickets issued, the amount of fines paid
    • the number of violations adjudicated
    • the amount of revenue realized by the school district
    • and the costs of the school district.
  • Establish the fine for the 1st violation at $250 - $300, If not paid in the allotted time there is a late fee of $50 to $100. All subsequent violations would be a fine of $500 plus any late fees.

ADDITIONAL ITEM THAT SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN NEW or REVISED LEGISLATION FOR SCHOOL BUS SAFETY:

  • Prohibiting school buses from requiring children to cross a highway or high traffic area in order to board the bus. It should require the buses to be on the same side of the road as the children they are picking up so that the door opens to the children allowing for safe boarding and exiting of the school bus.

SUGGESTIONS FOR NEW or INCREASED PENALTIES:

We feel that in addition to above changes in Legislation allowing for school bus stop arm cameras and prohibiting buses from requiring children to cross highways or areas of high volume traffic in order to board or exit a school bus, PENALTIES and DRIVER ACCOUNTABILY MUST BE ADDRESSED.

We would also like to see the State of Indiana create a "Victim Impact Panel (VIP) Program". A VIP Program would be awareness program for offenders convicted reckless driving while failing to stop for a "School Bus Stop Arm". The panels would consist of a non-confrontational presentation consisting of crime victims telling their own personal stories of how reckless drivers failing to stop for "School Bus Stop Arms" forever changed their lives.

Below are just some suggested changes in the law to that we feel should take place IMMEDIATELY to hold drivers more accountable and hopefully reduce and ultimately put a stop to school bus related incidents, injuries and fatalities.


  • Change current law from Class A Infraction to a Class A misdemeanor. Continue fine of up to $10,000 but create more defined guidelines to assess penalty. First offense would be a minimum of a $250 and must successfully complete an "aggressive driving course". Accumulate 4 pts on driver license. Second offense a minimum of $500 fine, 3 month immediate suspension of driver license, must successfully complete an "aggressive driving course", accumulate 6 points on driver license, complete 60 hours of community service at a hospital or trauma center. For 3rd offense, suspension of license for 1 year, must complete an aggressive driving course prior to applying for reinstatement of driver license, must complete 120 hours of community service at a hospital or trauma center
  • Raise severity to a "Level 6" when violation includes incidents involving injury to person(s). an automatic 6 month suspension of driver license, may not obtain special driving privileges (Judicial Driving Permit) and 8 points accumulated on their driver license, must complete an aggressive driving course prior to applying for reinstatement of driver license. and require the offender to complete 120 hours of community service at a hospital or trauma center
  • Raise severity to a "Level 5" when violation includes incidents involving a single fatality. an automatic 1 year suspension of the driver license, may not obtain special driving privileges (Judicial Driving Permit) and 8 points accumulated on their driver license, must complete an aggressive driving course prior to applying for reinstatement of driver license. and require the offender to complete 120 hours of community service at a hospital or trauma center
  • Raise severity to a "Level 4" when violation includes incidents involving multiple fatalities. an automatic 2 year suspension of the driver license may not obtain special driving privileges (Judicial Driving Permit) and 8 points accumulated on their driver license, must complete an aggressive driving course prior to applying for reinstatement of driver license. and require the offender to complete 120 hours of community service at a hospital or trauma center
  • Continue to allow for vehicle owner to be charged with the violation.