SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – In an effort to increase the safety and protection of school children, state Rep. Litesa Wallace, D-Rockford, passed legislation out of the House Thursday that would raise the penalty for motorists who ignore the displayed stop sign on a school bus as it drops off children.
“Sometimes drivers can be impatient, and as a result they are unfortunately putting children at risk,” Wallace said. “This measure aims to deter such behavior by increasing the minimum fine for reckless driving around a school bus.”
House Bill 3914 amends the Illinois Vehicle Code by increasing the mandatory fine a driver will receive if a driver fails to stop their motor vehicle before meeting or overtaking any school bus stopped for the purpose of picking up or dropping off students. Current law sets the mandatory minimum fine for such violations at $150, and a mandatory minimum fine of $500 for each subsequent offense. Wallace’s bill doubles the mandatory minimum fine to $300 for a first offense, and a mandatory minimum fine of $1,000 for each subsequent violation.
“The idea for this bill came from a local school bus driver who was alarmed by drivers who routinely ignored the law when he stopped his bus,” Wallace said. “For young children who can easily be distracted near a dangerous road, it’s critical that we enforce our road safety laws to help prevent possible tragedies.”
For more information, please contact Wallace’s constituent service office at 815-987-7433 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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