The next time a driver passes a school bus with its stop sign displayed, they may be in for a pricier surprise. The Florida Senate was unanimous in its approval of a bill that would up the penalties for first-time offenders. Should the driver commit the offense again within a five year period, they would face another fine and may also have their license suspended for at least a year or as much as a year.
When a school bus has its stop sign displayed, drivers traveling in both directions are required to stop and wait as children exit the bus. Drivers must continue waiting until the school bus has completely retracted the stop sign.
Last year, the Department of Education evaluated school bus drivers regarding the illegal passing of their buses. The survey of more than 10,000 drivers found that in just one day, there were over 12,700 illegal passes.
Now that the school bus bill has passed the Florida Senate, it will be evaluated by Governor Ron DeSantis.
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