SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A 22News I-Team investigation has led to some action at the state level.
The investigation last November uncovered the amount of drivers who are passing school buses with its stop arm extended.
Due in part to our story, State Representative Nick Boldyga testified in front of the judiciary committee on Monday for his bill that would increase the penalties for passing a school bus, including suspending a driver’s license.
The 22News I-Team discovered the state RMV sent out more than 3000 warning letters to drivers who passed buses in 2013 and more than 10,000 from 2010-2014, without any penalties for the drivers.
“I just think we need to do something to bring more awareness to this. Actually do some enforcing of the law. People aren’t getting a ticket, their license isn’t being suspended, and there’s no deterrent for them to blow by a school bus in the morning where a child could be crossing the street,” said Rep. Boldyga, (R) Southwick.
Rep. Boldyga wants to suspend an offender’s license immediately if the drivers passes a bus in front of a police officer and double the amount of the fine if convicted.
We’ll let you know how this bill moves through the state house.