Brindisi Highlights Plan To Improve School Bus Safety

Brindisi highlights plan to improve school bus safety

NORWICH – The Norwich City School District recently released a video of a Norwich bus driver, Samantha Call, saving a student from being hit by an illegally passing car. On the heels of that heroic action, Congressman Anthony Brindisi (NY-22) joined education advocates, and transportation officials to highlight his plan to help ensure children get to and from school safely.

Brindisi is a co-sponsor of the bipartisan Stop for School Buses Act (H.R. 2218) to find ways to prevent dangerous and illegal passing of school buses.

“As a former school board member and a dad to two young kids, keeping students safe on their way to and from school is personal for me,” said Brindisi. “Every driver on the road has a responsibility to follow the law and exercise caution when a school bus is near. Our kids’ lives depend on it.”

According to the National School Transportation Association (NSTA), an average of nine to 15 children are killed each year while boarding or exiting school buses near traffic, and a total of 15 million illegal passing incidents occur during every 180-day school year.

Earlier in Utica, Brindisi met Call and commended her and her fellow bus drivers for their commitment to student safety.

“As a parent, I am incredibly grateful for dedicated professionals like Samantha Call who go above and beyond their jobs descriptions to keep our kids safe. The Stop for School Buses Act is an important step to ensure everyone on the road shares the same responsibility for students’ safety,” continued Brindisi.

The Stop for School Buses Act would direct a comprehensive, nationwide review of efforts to prevent illegal passing of buses. Under the bill, the United States Department of Transportation would:

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