Measure To Allow Civil Enforcement Of Violations For Passing Stopped School Bus Moves Forward

Last Updated on April 16, 2017 6:11 pm

A bill that would allow for citations to be mailed to motorists that pass a stopped school bus has moved from the Senate to the House in the North Carolina Legislature. Senate Bill 55, introduced in early February, has now passed the first reading in the House and has been passed onto committee.

The bill would allow for photos and video from a bus camera to be used to catch violators, and a citation mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle. The registered owner would be responsible for the ticket unless the vehicle was in the care, custody, or control of another person or unless the citation was not received by the registered owner within 60 days after the date of the violation. A person wishing to contest a citation could do so within 30 days.

Fines would be $400 for first offense, $750 for second offense and $1000 for each subsequent violation. No points would go against a license or insurance.

Counties would have to adopt an ordinance for the bill to take effect in its jurisdiction and an agreement reached with law enforcement to handle issuing the citations.

*Reminder: A measure/bill has to pass three readings in the Legislative branch it was introduced in before moving to the next branch (Senate to House or House to Senate) for consideration and readings. If it passes three readings in the next branch, then it goes back to the original branch it was introduced in to be approved and then moves on to be enrolled and signed into law. A more in depth explanation visit this link*  

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