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Floridians always ring in a new year with a wealth of new laws to go into effect on January 1, and 2021 is no different. One piece of legislation should be of particular interest to parents who trust their school bus system to transport children to and from classes. According to ABC affiliate WTXL News Channel 27, officials are cracking down on motorists who choose to illegally pass a school bus that is stopped. The School Bus Safety Act increases the penalties for these offenders with a goal to discourage the types of misconduct that put children at risk of serious bus accidents. The fines double to $200 for drivers who pass a bus with red flashing lights and stop-arm extended; subsequent offenses within five years could lead to a driver’s license suspension. 

Proponents of the law are hopeful that it will reduce Miami school bus accidents and keep children safe, but there are concerns that it does not go far enough. Plus, these incidents can be caused by many other careless acts. As a parent, the following information should be helpful.

Risks When Motorists Illegally Pass School Buses 

Various news outlets reported that a driver-less vehicle crashed into a semi truck following its launch at an event in Las Vegas earlier this month. The crash occurred just two hours after the introduction and promotion event for the first self-driving shuttle in the United States aimed at serving the public. Interestingly, it was the human driver of the other vehicle that was reportedly at fault. Fortunately the incident only caused minor damage and there were no injuries.

The shuttle in question, which can transport up to 12 passengers at a time, comes equipped with electric curb sensors and uses a Global Positioning System (GPS) in lieu of a steering wheel or brake pedals.

The introduction of the shuttle comes on the heels of the passage of the Self Drive Act, in the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this fall. If passed in the Senate, the bill would exempt car manufacturers from having to follow various state and federal regulations that typically apply to automobile manufacturing. States would still be able to determine whether or not to allow self-driving cars on their roads.

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