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Bill Would Make Harsher Penalities For Deaths From Passing Stopped School Buses


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5/28/2009
Brent Adams
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Motorists in North Carolina could soon see tougher penalties for passing stopped school buses on the road and striking a passenger, who dies from the personal injuries he/she suffers after exiting the bus.

On May 26, a Senate judiciary committee approved a measure that would allow school districts to utilize cameras and recording devices for collecting evidence designed to prove that a driver broke the law by passing a stopped school bus.

In addition to the bill, the committee approved an amendment that would make motorists who strike a passenger who dies guilty of a felony. If the discharged passenger dies, the offender could now receive active jail time. The current law allows for community service as a punishment and doesn’t differentiate if the passenger dies.

The measure will now go to the Senate Appropriations Committee.



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