ROCKFORD (WREX) — If you illegally pass a school bus next year, expect to pay up.
In 2020, a new law will take effect that raises the fines for illegally passing school buses. On the first offense of illegal passing, the driver will receive a $300 fine. This fine is double the previous amount. A second offense will lead to a fine of $1000 instead of the original $500.
“Hopefully, it saves children’s lives,” says Michael Slife, RPS 205 Executive Director of Transportation. “Whenever anybody passes a school bus illegally when the lights are on, there’s a chance that a student could be crossing the road. So not to endanger the children is really what the people are going for here.”
Anyone convicted of passing a stopped school bus will lose their driver’s license for at least three months.