Bill would require seat belts, cameras on school buses - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Bill would require seat belts, cameras on school buses

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Lori Key has had enough of motorists illegally passing school buses.

"In the state of Mississippi it happens a minimum of 3,000 times a day," she says.

Key knows the tally, because she and her husband Andy lost their 5-year-old son Nathan by a passing vehicle as he stepped off a school bus in Jones County in 2009.

The Keys pushed for Nathan's Law until it passed in 2011. It stiffens the fines for passing school buses. They're now a voice behind House Bill 469, which would require cameras and seat belts on school buses in this state.

"The seat belt part of this bill is a safety measure that I believe children in the state of Mississippi deserve, as well as the cameras," she said.

The bill, authored by Democratic Representative Tom Miles of Scott County, would require all new buses to have exterior cameras to catch those who pass school buses. It would require seat belts on new school buses as well.

Buses currently in use would not have to be retrofitted. Rep. Miles says the argument that seat belts would prevent the quick evacuation of a bus, doesn't hold water.

"They're a press-button seat belt, they release real easy," said Miles. "You could ask the question, what if a school bus turns upside down and the kid goes bouncing all over? This would hold them in their place, just like the safety on cars."

The bill is currently in the House Education Committee. It's one of three House bills addressing cameras or seat belts on school buses this legislative session. The others are HB 187 and HB 746. 

Copyright 2014 MSNewsNow. All rights reserved.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Two victims identified in fatal Hwy 49 accident

    Two victims identified in fatal Hwy 49 accident

    Friday, February 23 2018 11:07 PM EST2018-02-24 04:07:03 GMT
    The area should be avoided if possible. (Photo source: WLOX)The area should be avoided if possible. (Photo source: WLOX)

    A fatal accident on Highway 49 north of F Taylor Road has left two people dead. 

    More >>

    A fatal accident on Highway 49 north of F Taylor Road has left two people dead. 

    More >>
  • Suspects steal from multiple unlocked vehicles in Long Beach

    Suspects steal from multiple unlocked vehicles in Long Beach

    Friday, February 23 2018 10:41 PM EST2018-02-24 03:41:39 GMT
    Suspects were caught on a surveillance camera. (Photo source: Long Beach police)Suspects were caught on a surveillance camera. (Photo source: Long Beach police)
    Suspects were caught on a surveillance camera. (Photo source: WLOX)Suspects were caught on a surveillance camera. (Photo source: WLOX)

    The Long Beach Police Department is looking for suspects who attempted to break into more than a dozen vehicles. Long Beach police say in the early morning hours of Thursday burglars walked away with a variety of stolen items including guns and cell phones. 

    More >>

    The Long Beach Police Department is looking for suspects who attempted to break into more than a dozen vehicles. Long Beach police say in the early morning hours of Thursday burglars walked away with a variety of stolen items including guns and cell phones. 

    More >>
  • Pascagoula-Gautier campus officers ready to act in case of emergency

    Pascagoula-Gautier campus officers ready to act in case of emergency

    Friday, February 23 2018 9:45 PM EST2018-02-24 02:45:57 GMT
    Colmer Middle School has 30 cameras on campus to patrol possible threats (photo credit: WLOX)Colmer Middle School has 30 cameras on campus to patrol possible threats (photo credit: WLOX)
    Colmer Middle School has 30 cameras on campus to patrol possible threats (photo credit: WLOX)Colmer Middle School has 30 cameras on campus to patrol possible threats (photo credit: WLOX)

    Like all schools in South Mississippi, the 19 schools in the Pascagoula-Gautier School District have officers on campus. All of them are equipped with the tools needed to help in the event of an emergency.

    More >>

    Like all schools in South Mississippi, the 19 schools in the Pascagoula-Gautier School District have officers on campus. All of them are equipped with the tools needed to help in the event of an emergency.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly