September 5, 2012, Fort Dodge, IA- School is in session and a new Iowa law cracks down on individuals ignoring stopped school buses. Kadyn’s Law, named for a young girl killed while boarding a school bus in northern Iowa, increases penalties for drivers caught breaking Iowa’s school bus laws.
“Drivers need to pay extra attention this time of year,” said Tammy Oester, Transportation Site Manager for Fort Dodge Community School District. “If traffic around the buses is not obeying the flashing amber and red lights, that increases the safety concerns for our kids.”
Drivers must stop 15 feet away from a stopped bus whenever the red lights are flashing and must slow to 20 miles per hour when the amber lights are flashing. Failing to do so could result in fines up to $675 and up to 30 days in jail. Any driver who causes an injury by failing to stop will face higher fines, more jail time and suspension of their driver’s license.
Oester stated, “Buses are the safest, most effective and efficient way to transport our children. We are currently hiring bus drivers and part of their training includes a review of the laws for the drivers around them. Our number one priority is the safety of our students.”
The Fort Dodge Community School District runs 27 routes over 165 square miles, transporting an average of 1,200 students a day. According to Oester, the cooperation of other motorists is needed to help the district’s 25 drivers maintain its safety record.
For more information on Kadyn’s Law visit www.legis.iowa.gov and search SF2218. For an application to become a bus driver visit www.fdschools.org and click on employment opportunities or stop by the Central Administration Building at 104 South 17th Street in Fort Dodge.