LaRock Bill to Protect Students Will Become Law July 1st
Hamilton, VA – Governor Terry McAuliffe
has signed House Bill 168, a bill passed by large
bipartisan majorities in the House and Senate, which will protect Virginia’s
students as they board and exit school buses.
“I am honored to support the General Assembly’s ongoing commitment to protect children boarding and exiting school buses. Permitting efficient and effective enforcement of laws to deter drivers from illegally passing stopped school buses will create greater public awareness of school bus safety.” LaRock stated.
The current law, passed in 2011, authorizes localities to utilize cameras on school buses to enforce the law. However, it does not specifically state that citations could be mailed, thus they must be served in person by a law enforcement officer. LaRock’s legislation refines the law to allow police departments to mail summonses to the owners of vehicles caught on camera illegally passing stopped school buses. More background information on the need for this legislation is available here.
LaRock added, “I am grateful that this important bill is becoming law. My legislation this session had a distinct focus on protecting our children and enhancing their chances of education success. There is still much work to be done. Five of my bills focused on helping children have yet to become law. I will continue to fight in coming years for passage of my legislation to provide Education Savings Accounts, to reduce Virginia’s first-in-the-nation school-to-courts-referral rate, to prevent Common Core implementation, and to protect the personal privacy of students in our schools.”
Delegate LaRock introduced this legislation at the request of the Frederick County Public Schools.