Senate passes legislation to increase penalties for passing stopped school bus

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KIRYAS JOEL -

Legislation that would increase penalties for passing a stopped school bus has passed the state Senate.

The measure was sponsored by state Sen. John Bonacic, of Mount Hope.

It would enhance the current penalties by adding a 60-day suspension to a driver's license when a person is convicted two or more times of passing a stopped school bus in a 10-year period.

The measure comes after a child was struck by a taxi while getting off the school bus in Kiryas Joel on Friday.

Police say it happened as the 6-year-old boy tried to cross Stropkov Court.

Officials are investigating whether the taxi illegally passed the school bus. The boy's hip was broken in the incident.

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