GA Senate passes new bill regarding stopped school buses

GA Senate passes new bill regarding stopped school buses
The Georgia Senate passed a new bill on when you can and cannot pass a stopped school bus.

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A new bill will clarify when drivers can and cannot pass a school bus.

And one senator said he hopes this is just the first step in passing bills to keep Georgians safer.

Do you know when it's actually considered illegal to pass a stopped school bus? Well the Georgia Senate just passed a new bill in hopes of clarifying the confusion, AND to help keep all students safe when crossing the street. Full story on WALB News 10.

Do you know when it's actually considered illegal to pass a stopped school bus? Well the Georgia Senate just passed a new bill in hopes of clarifying the confusion, AND to help keep all students safe when crossing the street. Full story on WALB News 10.

Posted by Grason Passmore WALB on Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Senate Bill 25 changes language senators called confusing when it comes to drivers safely passing stopped school buses.

And many in the community said they believe everyone should make more of an effort to learn the laws when it comes to school bus safety, especially when the lives of our children are at stake.

“I say, ‘How can they do that?’ You know, that’s my thing,” said Inez Thomas, a concerned grandmother.

Thomas is left in disbelief every time she sees a car drive right past a stopped school bus picking up and dropping children off at their homes. As a grandmother, she can’t imagine putting a child’s life at risk like that.

“When you bypass a school bus, to me it’s like my child could be on there or my grandchild,” said Thomas.

But there has been a lot of confusion about when exactly you can and cannot drive past a school bus letting a child on and off. Which is why the Georgia Senate passed Senate Bill 25.

“I think we need an attention getter. I mean these are lives,” Thomas said.

The new bill clarifies drivers cannot pass a a school bus when they are separated from the bus by a turn lane, which used to be legal. But they can pass it if they are separated by a grass median, unpaved area or a physical barrier and on a separate roadway from the bus.

“We have to look out for them. After all, we’re talking about a life here,” said Walter Ford, a concerned resident.

This bill is the first of many that we hope to pass this year to improve the livelihood and safety of all Georgians.
Senator Tyler Harper from Ocilla

And for those here in Dougherty County, they said keeping our children alive should be the highest priority.

“It’s very important that we slow down, stop, as I say, whatever is necessary to save our children,” said Ford.

The Governor will have to pass the new bill next, before it can become a law.

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