Indiana lawmakers gather to push for change following deadly Fulton County crash
The parents of the three children killed in a crash near Rochester were showing their support today for a new school bus safety bill.
We were at the Statehouse where Senate Bill 2 is focusing on improving school bus safety in Indiana.
The parents of Alivia Stahl and Mason and Xzavier Ingle hope that this new school bus safety bill is made into law, so that no parent has to deal with the grief they do on a daily basis.
Along with support of this bill, the family says they will continue to work on growing their MAX Strong foundation to help donate bus stop arm cameras to school systems that need them.
The family told us today they plan to donate their first stop arm camera later this month.
The South Bend Community School District is investing in new technology to help catch violators.
All 209 buses in the fleet will get stop arm cameras and a new camera system.
The technology will be able to catch video of people passing stopped school buses with their stop arm extended, including the license plate and clear video of the driver.
Our WSBT 22 cameras recently visited two bus stop locations and caught several cars driving by school bus stop arms while the red lights were flashing.
“We are going to do everything we can to make sure they are safe getting on and off that bus,” said Juan Martinez-Legus, SBCSC Director of Transportation. “They are kids. We need to value that life we need to respect the fact that they are kids and they don’t see things the same way as everybody else does and they are going to do goofy things sometimes. That’s why we need to respect that life and we need to stop when that stop arm is extended."
The school district already has camera technology on buses, but this new technology is far more advanced and will be on all buses.