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NJ Lawmaker Wants To Get Tough With Lying School Bus Drivers [AUDIO]

A New Jersey lawmaker wants to crack down on Garden State school bus drivers who have had their licenses suspended, but don’t tell anybody.

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State Senator Shirley Turner is sponsoring legislation that establishes the crime of operating a school bus with a suspended driver’s license.

She says under the bill, a person is guilty of a crime of the fourth degree if that person operates a school bus knowing that his or her license is suspended and operates a school bus transporting one or more students.

“Which means they could be imprisoned for a period up to 18 months and a fine of up to 10 thousand dollars…And then, it also establishes a crime of the 3rd degree if the bus operator is involved in an accident and there’s some bodily injury. Then they could face 3 to 5 years behind bars, and a fine of 15 thousand dollars.”

Turner decided to sponsor the measure because “not too long ago, there was an accident in Manalapan, where a school bus driver was found to have been on the suspension list and she had 37 children on her bus at the time- but fortunately none of the children were injured, so we want to make sure that people never have children injured because we have school bus drivers while on a suspension list…The measure would ensure peace of mind for parents – they should not have to worry about whether or not a school bus operator has a valid drivers license.”

She adds the legislation also specifies, that if they knowingly operate a school bus without a valid license, “they will never be able to drive a school bus again – they will lose that privilege permanently…We’ve got to do everything that we can to protect our children.”

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