Acting at a business speed, Georgia legislators decreased on Wednesday through legislation to protect children from cars at school bus stops.
With almost every member of the House of Representatives voting on Seanad Bill 25, the legislation, which passed the Senate voted unanimously last week, now goes to the desk to Brian Kemp Board. The approval does only reach a third of the way through the 2019. legislative session. The law was afraid that any delays could increase the risk of a child dying on the roads.
"There are many initiatives to get this on the books," Rep. Bill Hitchens, R-Rincon, on Tuesday as the legislation passed through the Chair of the House of Public Safety and Home Security. "In fact, I believe … the regulator may sign this thing immediately because he is worried about it."
The legislation makes Mr. Bill Heath, R-Bremen, what Hitchens has called the "irresponsible" change of law last year. The 978 House Bill looked at the need to stop a school bus or boarding board in the coming lane.
Shortly after last year's legislation, the law of Attorney General of Georgia issued Chris Carr an unofficial opinion that the change, which came into effect on July 1, meant that drivers no longer stop for a school bus in the incoming lane if there is a complicated painted lane.
SB 25 states that emerging vehicles would require "medium-sized, impartial area or physical barrier". Assuming Kemp is the signature of the bill, "it means that dangerous birds are closed," said Atlanta Gary Jackson, Municipal Court Judge, who deals 200 to 250 of these cases every week.
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Many police officers refer to the complicated painted lanes as "suicide lanes," and the judge, who has certified as an expert during the legislative hearing process, competes. "This is the last place that you think a legal person would have to go school bus," he said.
At least one child crossed to a school bus from July 1, according to the Department of Education in Georgia. In that episode in October, a vehicle in Colquitt Town met a vehicle going in a lane, the agency said.
Jackson called on lawyers to consider reforming the legislation that offenders would have the same offenses in the future, but ultimately it was concluded that the delays were not even the case. Under this new bill, Jackson said that two people in court would have different penalties on the same day convicted that they went illegally on a bus if one of the events happened before July 1, 2018, and the other followed. Prior to that date, the penalty was as high as $ 1,000, but from July 1 it was capital at $ 250.
The legislation did not accept Wednesday to raise the penalty cap than reducing it to earlier offenders.