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State bill targets distracted school bus drivers

from The Tennessean

A bill that sets a steep punishment for distracted school bus drivers passed the House Transportation Committee. Rep. Eddie Smith, R-Knoxville, said he filed the bill for the safety of students. In December 2014, a fatal crash occurred because a Knoxville school bus driver was texting on the job, Smith said. Two students and a teacher's aide died from the crash. School bus drivers found using a portable electronic device while transporting students, including loading and unloading students, would face a minimum $1,000 fine and minimum period of confinement for 30 days, the bill states. Drivers also would lose their commercial driver's licenses, a requirement to drive school buses. more

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