North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory and State Legislature: Please pass the NC School Bus STOP Act Now
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Governor Pat McCrory
North Carolina State House
North Carolina State Senate

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory and State Legislature: Please pass the NC School Bus STOP Act Now

    1. Melissa Drozdowski
    2. Petition by

      Melissa Drozdowski

      Alamance County, NC

In 2012, more than 3,000 drivers per day ignored North Carolina's "School Bus Stop Law" that prohibits vehicles from passing a stopped school bus. North Carolina's General Statute currently specifies the following for drivers who violate this law:

* The driver will be charged with a Class 2 misdemeanor
* If convicted, five points will be assessed against the individual's license
* A fine of $200

This is not enough. Passing a stopped school bus can result in tragic consequences, including serious injury or death. We are calling for North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory and our state legislature to pass proposed legislation we've named the "School Bus Student Transportation Onboard Protection (School Bus STOP) Act", which would specify the following safety measure and penalties:

* Retrofitting all existing, operational school buses with a second extendable stop arm at the rear of the bus
* Requiring stop arms at both the front and rear of all new school buses
* Increased fines to $500 for the first violation, $750 for the second violation, and $1000 for subsequent violations
* An automatic six-month license suspension for any driver passing a school bus that is stopped with its lights flashing and stop arm(s) extended
* Increased license suspension periods for repeat violators

North Carolina's children should not have to fear for their lives when trying to board or exit school buses. Please join in the fight to prevent future tragedies by signing this petition urging Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina state legislators to strengthen penalties for drivers that pass properly stopped school buses

To:
Governor Pat McCrory
North Carolina State House
North Carolina State Senate
Please protect North Carolina's children by strengthening penalties for drivers who pass stopped school buses. Please adopt the NC School Bus STOP Act now.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 500 signatures
    2. Check out WFMY News 2 at 11pm tonight for an interview with Morgan Hightowe

      Melissa Drozdowski
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to sign this petition. Morgan Hightower of WFMY News 2 was here today to hear firsthand why this is so very important. The interview should run tonight (Jan. 27) at 11pm.

      I'm hoping to meet with state legislators in the area within the next month, so please keep spreading the word.

    3. Reached 50 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Jeff Weiss HIGH POINT, NC
      • about 1 year ago

      Cars go past the stopped school bus at our stop every day. Police will not come out after residents have called multiple times.

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    • Naomi Austin DURHAM, NC
      • over 1 year ago

      This is important to me because I love my son.

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    • Dianne Williams RICHLANDS, NC
      • over 1 year ago

      To save the life of a child

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    • Linda Tally DURHAM, NC
      • over 1 year ago

      A fine of $200 and a few points on a driver's records has not been sufficient to prevent routine passage of stopped school buses. Put some real teeth into the penalty.

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    • Stephen Wampler MARION, NC
      • over 1 year ago

      What concerns me is the cost to tax-payers to add this new equipment to school buses. In my opinion, if flashing red and yellow lights don't get your attention on the road, then you probably don't need to be behind the wheel of any vehicle. However, I do support greater penalties for violating a law that in my opinion, is just common sense.

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