KADYN’S LAW: Braley Introduces Iowa Law
Congressman Bruce Braley announced the federal version of Kadyn’s Law Wednesday.
The law passed in Iowa just last week. In it, a first time offender faces a fine of up to $675 and 30-days in jail.
Braley says the federal version would require states to strengthen their penalties to the match Iowa’s new standard.
If they don’t, the state would face losing federal highway funding.
Braley says, “The National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services estimates that vehicles illegally pass school buses 13 million times each year. So that’s why increasing the penalties and preventing similar tragedies from happening is a huge priority.”
The bill is named after Kadyn Halverson who was killed last may while getting off the school bus by a driver who illegally passed the bus.
Officials say an average of 16 children are killed every year by drivers who pass stopped school buses.