A bill that would comprehensively address school bus safety issues in Indiana is headed to Gov. Eric Holcomb’s desk for signature.
The MAX Strong Act, passed the both the Senate and the House of Representatives Tuesday.
If signed into law, it would increase penalties for drivers who violate school bus stop laws and require schools to minimize bus stops that make children cross highways in high-speed areas among other things.
“There have been far too many senseless school bus accidents in our state that have tragically impacted Hoosier families and communities,” Sen. Eric Bassler said. “This bill makes simple changes to how we prosecute drivers who violate school bus stop laws as well as other improvements to help ensure our children are able to safely get on and off of their bus.”
Bassler was a co-author of the bill named in remembrance of Mason Ingle, Alivia Stahl and Xzavier Ingle, the three children who lost their lives in the 2018 school bus accident in Fulton County.