Stow councilman proposes jail time, steeper fines as penalties for illegally passing school buses

Stow councilman proposes jail time, steeper fines as penalties for illegally passing school buses
(Source: WAVE 3 News)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - A councilman is proposing jail time as a potential punishment for drivers caught illegally passing stopped school buses in Stow.

Under Ward 4 Councilman Mario Fiocca proposed legislation, violators could be subjected to 30 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

“This legislation sends a clear message that this is a serious offense that will not be tolerated,” said Councilman Fiocca. “Stow’s greatest resource is our children and it’s our duty to protect them.”

Stow councilman proposes jail time, steeper fines as penalties for illegally passing school buses

Fiocca cites a study from the National Safety Council that reports 264 students were killed in school transportation-related crashes between 2008 and 2017.

“When it comes to protecting the children in our community, every measure must be taken,” said Councilman Fiocca. “It only takes one instance and a family’s life can be changed forever.”

The proposal will be discussed at the next Stow City Council meeting on Jan. 23.

Stow’s current law carries a fine for violators of up to $500.

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