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Petition calls for more severe penalties for ignoring school bus signals

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BY TRAVIS GARY

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (CIRCA via WJAC) - A petition for more severe penalties involving bus stop safety is gaining attention on Whitehouse.gov.

The petition titled “Make bus stop safety a federal law” was created Oct. 31 and calls the president and Congress to sign legislation instituting more severe penalties for those who violate the red lights or stop signs on a school bus.

“Children are being injured or killed due to people running the alternating reds on school busses (sic),” the petition reads. “Individual state laws are largely ineffective and typically have no significant penalty.”

The petition calls for 30 days in jail, a 90-day driver’s license suspension, 12 points on the offender's license and a mandatory fine of $5,000 for a first offense, and it says “this is the least we the American voters will accept.”

As of Monday afternoon, the petition had over 3,000 signatures.

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