Sheriff explains new fines for violating stopped school bus law

Posted August 21, 2012 at 7:25 pm

With a new school year starting, Iowa motorists are reminded of a new school bus safety law now in effect.

The law increases penalties for failure to slow for a bus with flashing lights or stop when the stop arm is extended. Injuring or killing a child under those conditions carries more severe penalties, according to Sioux County Sheriff Dan Altena.

Called “Kadyn’s Law”, the law is named for Kadyn Halverson, a 7-year-old northwest Iowa girl who was hit by a pickup and killed last year while walking to her bus.

The penalty for failing to stop for a stopped school bus for a first offense remains a simple misdemeanor but now requires a court appearance. The fine is at least $250 but not more than $675.

A second or subsequent violation of this law has been changed from a simple misdemeanor to a serious misdemeanor with a required court appearance and a fine for the second offense of at least $315 but not more than $1,875 and for the third and subsequent offenses, a fine of at least $315, but not more than $1,875.

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