2014 Indiana General Assembly

Senate kills camera enforcement for school bus stop-arm violations

2014-03-03T18:41:00Z 2014-03-03T22:40:07Z Senate kills camera enforcement for school bus stop-arm violationsBy Dan Carden dan.carden@nwi.com, (317) 637-9078 nwitimes.com

INDIANAPOLIS | A proposal to use cameras in enforcing school bus stop-arm violations will not get a final Senate vote and is dead for the year.

State Sen. Michael Crider, R-Greenfield, the Senate sponsor of House Bill 1042, did not offer the measure for "second reading" Monday, the final day for House-approved legislation to be made available for changes by the full Senate.

As a result, the proposal cannot receive a final Senate vote by Tuesday's deadline.

Crider said he didn't call the legislation because some GOP senators were concerned with how contracts between school corporations and camera enforcement companies would be arranged.

Others weren't convinced sufficient due process protections were in place for motorists accused of driving around a school bus with its stop-arm deployed while picking up or dropping off children, he said.

Crider plans to work with House sponsors, including state Rep. Ed Soliday, R-Valparaiso, to develop a camera enforcement plan for the 2015 session that addresses those issues.

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