any given day, thousands of motorists illegally pass stopped school buses in Florida, authorities say.
Determined to cut down that number, state Sen. David Simmons has introduced a bill that would increase penalties for what he calls a “significant danger to our children.”
“This indicates either a rampant ignorance or a willful violation of the law, or both,” said Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs.
The measure would make passing a school bus on the side where children get on or off the vehicle a reckless-driving offense punishable by up to 90 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $500. A second conviction would bring a maximum of six months in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000.
Currently, the minimum penalty is a $265 fine. For a second offense within five years, the penalty is a $265 fine, plus a drivers license suspension of between 180 days and one year.