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SB 849: School Bus Safety

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Summary of House Bill 849

The Problem

Drivers fail to adhere to safety laws requiring car drivers to not pass school buses which are stopped with their signs and safety arms extended.

The Solution

HB 849 would:

  • Add cameras to school buses to record vehicles illegally passing buses.
  • Allows traffic enforcement officers to issue citation for failing to stop.
  • Vehicle owner will be sent a notification of violation and be required to pay a citation, pending the violator submitting testimony of an established exception in the bill.
  • Additional penalties apply if violator submits testimony that is untrue.
  • Requires annual reports to DHSMV, Governor, and Legislators.

House Bill 849 Editorials

Florida bill would allow buses to equip cameras to catch drivers who pass by illegally

Drivers who illegally pass stopped school buses may find that they will have a harder time avoiding getting caught if a Florida bill passes.

State Rep. Emily Slosberg has filed a bill that, if passed, would allow school districts to outfit their buses with cameras that would record the license plates of cars that pass by while students are getting off or on the bus.

Related: Video shows deputies pulling over several people who failed to stop for bus

The bill would also allow officers to mail the citation to the driver in question.

If passed, the measure would go into effect on Oct. 1.

As originally appeared on WSVN


Florida bill would put cameras on school buses to catch drivers who pass by illegally

A bill making its way through the Florida legislature would give school districts the ability to install cameras that could catch drivers who illegally pass school buses.

The measure, filed by State Rep. Emily Slosberg, D-Boca Raton, would equip school buses with cameras that can record the license plates of cars that drive past buses while the stop signal arm is extended and students are trying to board or get off. 

Drivers caught on camera breaking the law would get a citation in the mail.

If passed, the measure would take effect on Oct. 1. 

As originally appeared on WFLA

Florida lawmaker wants cameras on school buses to catch drivers who pass illegally

A Florida lawmaker wants to equip school buses with cameras to catch drivers who pass stopped buses illegally.

State. Rep. Emily Slosberg filed House Bill 849 in the Florida Legislature, which would allow school districts to install cameras that would record the license plates of cars that illegally drive past buses that have their stop signs and signals deployed.

Drivers who pass buses with the cameras installed would receive citations by mail.

The bill comes after a string of incidents in 2018, where multiple students across the country were either injured or killed by drivers who struck the children as they were getting on or off their buses.

If passed, the bill would go into effect on Oct. 1, 2019.

As originally appeared on FOX13

Florida State Rep. Wants Cameras on School Buses to Catch Drivers Illegally Passing

A South Florida state representative is proposing a bill that would put cameras on school buses that would allow them to record drivers who illegally pass them.

State Rep. Emily Slosberg, a Democrat from Boca Raton, introduced House Bill 849 in an effort to help prevent drivers from speeding past buses when they have their stop signal arms extended as students are getting on or off the bus.

Drivers caught on camera would receive a citation in the mail.

If passed, the law would take effect on October 1st.

As originally appeared NBCMiami

HB 849: School Bus Safety | Bill Summary

Authorizes school district to install cameras on school buses; authorizes DHSMV, county, or municipality to authorize traffic infraction enforcement officer to issue & enforce citation for failing to stop for school bus; requires notification to be sent to owner of vehicle involved in violation; prohibits receiving commission or remuneration based on use of camera; requires payment of citation unless certain information is established in affidavit; provides penalties for submitting false affidavit; requires annual reports to DHSMV, Governor, & Legislature; provides hearing procedures; authorizes appeal of final order; revises & provides disposition of civil penalties.

Entire Bill Text (PDF) | School Bus Safety

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