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A Bill Regarding School Bus Safety Will Rest Until Next Year

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Proponents of a bill allowing school buses to mount cameras that would catch traffic violators say they plan to revisit the issue next session after it stalled this year  in the Senate.

Proposed legislation would have allowed school buses to use cameras to record drivers who ignore the school bus stop arm.  The measure overwhelmingly passed the House and cleared a Senate committee but didn’t advance further.  Rep. Michael Crider, R-Greenfield, is the bill’s Senate sponsor and says the issue is a new one for the General Assembly and something that needs more time.

“I think it’s something we’re just going to have to do some more research," Crider said. "Perhaps find out and get some data from other states that are using this type of system to get some more comfort with it.”

Rep. Milo Smith, R-Columbus, the bill’s author, says another year of consideration will also help him reassure lawmakers who worry the measure could be the first step towards red light cameras.  But he says the bill can’t be debated forever.

“Allegedly there’s 230 or 40,000 incidents reported every year in the state of Indiana and sooner or later there are going to be kids that are seriously injured and killed because of this and then they’re going to look at us and say, ‘Why didn’t you guys do something?’” Smith said.

Smith says he doesn’t think the issue needs to be included in a summer study committee.

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