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Published on June 21, 2024
Georgia Implements $1,000 Penalties for Passing Stopped School Buses to Enhance Student SafetySource: Unsplash/ Robin Jonathan Deutsch

The streets may soon see a financial deterrent tough enough to make any hurried driver pause before swooping past the stop sign of a school bus. Starting July 1, 2024, as the City of Marietta's recent announcement elucidates, Georgia will enforce a significantly heftier fine of up to $1,000 for those caught illegally passing a stopped school bus. This new legislation aims to enhance student safety with a steep uptick in fines, a move that mirrors the resolve of many a district grappling with the terrors of close calls and tragic accidents.

Violations caught on camera, often spotted when human witnesses falter, will not deduct points from a driver's license but can incur fines of up to $1,000. However, when a traffic citation is issued directly by a police officer, the consequences are more severe. Offenders may face points on their driving record and the possibility of up to a year in jail, according to the city's statement.

Sliding past a school bus with its stop-arm extended isn't a mistake Georgia is willing to let slide without notice anymore. The legislation introduces mounting penalties for repeated offenses, ensuring that those who skirt the law more than once will find themselves in the crosshairs of both the legal and insurance realms. A first offense escapes without marking the driver's license or hiking insurance premiums, but repeat offenders will not be as lucky. The hammer comes down harder with each subsequent slip, aiming not merely to punish but to correct the reckless trajectory of habitual violators.

It is the second time, or maybe the third, that law enforcement authorities will notify the Department of Revenue to obtain the offender's insurance information. According to the city's press release, the violator's insurance company receives a formal notification of these repeated transgressions as required by law. These legal repercussions reflect a broader societal stance that such infractions are not to be taken lightly, as they hold the potential for hazardous impacts on young lives.