Senate passes legislation to increase penalties for passing stopped school busPosted: Updated:
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.