SCHOOL BUS ILLEGAL PASSING LAW EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 1
Montgomery, Ala. – STOP! It’s the law! Starting October 1, the law gets tougher on motorists for illegally passing a school bus while stopped to load or unload students on any Alabama road – highway, roadway, school property, or private road.
Sponsored by Rep. Randy Davis and Sen. Ted Little, the School Bus Illegal Passing Law (Act 2006-311) increases penalties for motorists who illegally pass a stopped school bus:
1st Offense: A fine of no less than $150 and not exceeding $300
2nd Offense: A fine of at least $300 up to $500, at least 100 hours of community service, and driving privileges revoked for 30 days
3rd Offense: Fines from $500 to $1,000, 200 hours of community service, and driver’s license suspended for 90 days
4th Offense: Class C felony charge, fines from $1,000 to $3,000, and driver’s license suspended for one year
“The most dangerous part of a school bus ride is when the bus stops to load or unload students. Motorists who illegally passed a stopped school bus have injured or killed 11 Alabama children since 1998. No child or family should ever experience such a tragedy,” said Gov. Bob Riley when he signed the bill in April.
According to an Illegal Passing Survey from the Alabama Department of Education, there were 1,862 documented illegal passes of school buses on one day in 2005.
“More than 7,000 school buses transport more than 350,000 students to and from school every day in Alabama. Most of the children injured or killed in school bus-related accidents are hit by motorists illegally passing a stopped bus. Alabama’s children are our most precious resource and the School Bus Illegal Passing Law provides them with more protection,” said Joe Lightsey, State Pupil Transportation Director for the Alabama Department of Education.
The School Bus Illegal Passing Law and a full-color flier summarizing the new law and penalties are available online. For more information, contact Pupil Transportation at 334-242-9730 or visit www.alsde.edu.