Most Convicted Of Passing A Stopped School Bus Not Assessed Minimum Fine

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

A new state report says Iowa's courts have not been levying increased penalties for drivers who illegally pass a stopped school bus.

Kadyn's Law was passed by the Iowa Legislature in March and signed into law by Gov. Branstad. It's named for Kadyn Halverson, a 7-year-old girl who was hit by a pickup and killed in 2011 while walking to her bus. The driver of the truck, Aaron Gunderson, was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

The law requires a minimum $250 fine, but a study by Iowa State University shows 65 percent of those convicted of school bus violations were assessed a lower fee.

The study was conducted between August 15th and October 31st and looked at a total of 162 convictions.

Researchers at Iowa State and The University of Iowa conducted a study on school bus safety highlighting the dangers of vehicles that illegally pass stopped buses.

The state departments of transportation and education released the report Friday to the state legislature. It focuses on safety elements like mounted cameras on school buses, pickup and drop-off locations and driver training.

The report also says enhanced awareness will align convictions and sentencing connected with drivers who illegally pass stopped school buses.

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