For six years, I have been fighting to protect our students and prevent others from being run over by careless motorists, as my daughter was in 2010.
Every day since Gabby’s death, I have fought to get stricter penalties to improve safety for students. I thought it all would happen this year when House Bill 373 was filed in the Florida Legislature.
The bill would have increased the penalties for passing a stopped school bus and authorized school districts to use cameras to catch offending motorists. But, the bill will not be heard.
After sitting stagnant in the Highway & Waterway Safety subcommittee for 12 days, I spoke with the committee chair, Rep. Greg Stuebe. He informed me that chairperson Rep. Jose Oliva (R-Miami) will not allow the bill to be heard.
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Rep. Oliva won’t answer calls or respond to my emails. He just has it in his head that our children aren’t worthy of being safe.
Even though a Department of Education survey showed 2.9 million motorists illegally pass stopped school buses a year, Oliva thinks our 1.4 million students who ride those buses don’t deserve protection.