Two transportation bills related to schools trekked toward the Senate recently.
Rep. Craig Tieszen, HB 1109’s sponsor, said the bill “will prevent school bus drivers from using a cell phone.” An amendment added to the bill permits communication between driver and a school official through the use of two-way radio communication or a wireless communication used in a similar manner as a two-way radio.
“This is a common sense bill keep bus drivers alert,” Rep. Michael Clark said.
The bill lowers the speed limit allowed when passing a school bus with its amber warning lights on from 20 to 15 mph and clarifies how far back a vehicle must stay from a stopped school bus with its red lights flashing and the lanes a car may pass a school bus in.
Rep. Tieszen called the adjustments “logical.” ASBSD supports the bill.