W.Va. Senate OKs bill to increase fines for passing buses

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – The West Virginia Senate has passed a bill that would increase some penalties for passing a stopped school bus whose warning lights are flashing.

The Senate voted unanimously Monday to send the bill to the House of Delegates.

Violators could see minimum fines doubled to $500 for a first offense and $1,000 for a second offense under the bill.

The bill also would double driver’s license suspensions to 60 days for a first offense and 180 days for a second offense.

It also would require exterior cameras on the front and back of all county school buses bought after July 1.

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