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March 8, 2012
Committee Advances Singer, Kean Bill to Increase Fines for Illegally Passing School Buses

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Paramount legislation by Senator Bob Singer and Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean to increase fines on drivers who illegally pass school buses was unanimously advanced today by the Senate Transportation Committee.

“We’re dealing with one of the most life-threatening driving offenses and the stakes must be raised for those committing such a senseless crime,” said Singer (R-Monmouth and Ocean). “Vulnerable, defenseless children being picked up or dropped off along our roadways can be killed because of such carelessness. It’s more than reasonable to make violators pay double.”

S-1535 doubles fines to $200 for the first offense and $500 for a second offense. Current law also subjects violators to 15 days imprisonment and/or 15 days community service.

“Passing a school bus while it is loading or unloading students needlessly puts children at risk,” said Kean (R- Union). “Frankly, under current law the fines for this violation are not commensurate with the dangers posed by the offense, especially considering there is no viable justification for ever breaking this traffic law. Doubling the fines to $200 for the first offense and $500 for a second offense punishes this violation with the proper degree of severity.”

S-1535 will now head to full Senate for consideration.

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