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.