School bus safety bill rolls on to full Kentucky House

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – A bill that would fine drivers caught illegally passing stopped school buses is on its way to the Kentucky House.

The proposed legislation says drivers would be recorded with cameras placed on school bus stop arms.

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House Bill 34 sponsor Representative Robert Goforth, R-East Bernstadt, told the House Transportation Committee that his proposal, which would be optional for school districts, would generate needed funds.

According to the bill, offenders would face fines of $300 for a first violation and $500 for a second one, with criminal penalties also possible.

Goforth says school districts could work with a third-party vendor for installation and maintenance of the cameras at no cost to the districts. He said the vendor would also be responsible for collection of fines, with the vendor’s compensation based on citations issued.

In the case of civil penalties, Goforth says the vendor would issue the citations and law enforcement would not have a chance to review violations.

The bill also says school districts would receive 80-percent of generated revenue, or as much as $116 million under the proposal. It says remaining funds, as much as $29 million, would be split between the state Transportation Cabinet and the Kentucky Department of Education.

House Bill 34 now goes to the full House for its consideration.