LANSING, Mich. — The state Senate on Wednesday approved legislation that would improve public safety by allowing school districts to install additional safety lighting on school buses.
“This legislation was easy to support,” said Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth. “Though it was the result of an unfortunate tragedy, I’m grateful that Representative Holly Hughes introduced this bill that will increase safety for motorists, school bus drivers and children who ride the bus.”
House Bill 4054 would amend the Pupil Transportation Act to allow a school bus to be equipped with flashing advisory signs on the rear door of the bus for the purpose of providing an additional warning of the vehicle’s status to other drivers.
The new light will be placed in the middle on the rear door of a bus at eye level with most vehicles, and flash messages such as ‘caution,’ ‘stopping,’ ‘stop’ and ‘do not pass’ to indicate what a vehicle must do as the school bus slows or stops.
“Studies have shown that these lights are effective,” Horn said. “Michigan schools can now decide on a district by district basis if they’d like to implement this feature. This is not a law requiring these lights to be installed. All decisions regarding these lights remains up to local school districts.”
HB 4054 will now go to Gov. Rick Snyder for consideration.