Senate approves increased penalties in N.Y. for passing stopped school bus

ALBANY, N.Y. >> Legislation that would increase penalties for passing a stopped school bus has passed in the Senate. The measure, sponsored by state Senator John Bonacic, R-Mount Hope, has been sent to the Assembly for consideration.

The bill would enhance current penalties for passing a stopped school bus by adding a 60-day suspension of a person’s driver’s license when the individual is convicted two or more times of passing a stopped school bus in a 10-year period.

Current law provides that an individual convicted two or more times of speeding in a construction zone be subject to a 60-day driver’s license suspension.

Bonacic wants the same penalty to apply to passing a stopped school bus.

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