TRENTON – The Senate Transportation Committee unanimously advanced a bill to increase fines on drivers who illegally pass school buses.
S-1535 doubles fines to $200 for the first offense and $500 for a second offense. Current law also subjects violators to 15 days imprisonment and/or 15 days community service.
“Passing a school bus while it is loading or unloading students needlessly puts children at risk,” said state Sen. Tom Kean (R-Union), a sponsor of the bill. “Frankly, under current law the fines for this violation are not commensurate with the dangers posed by the offense, especially considering there is no viable justification for ever breaking this traffic law. Doubling the fines to $200 for the first offense and $500 for a second offense punishes this violation with the proper degree of severity.”
S-1535 will now head to full Senate for consideration.
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