School Bus Safety Study – Kadyn’s Law

Project Details
STATUS

Completed

START DATE

07/01/12

END DATE

12/31/12

RESEARCH CENTERS InTrans, CTRE
SPONSORS

Federal Highway Administration State Planning and Research Funding
Iowa Department of Transportation

Researchers
Principal Investigator
Neal Hawkins

Associate Director, InTrans

Co-Principal Investigator
Shauna Hallmark

Director, InTrans

About the research

In 2012, the Iowa legislature passed a bill for an act relating to school bus safety, including providing penalties for failure to obey school bus warning lamps and stop signal arms, providing for a school bus safety study and administrative remedies, and making an appropriation. The bill, referred to as Iowa Senate File (SF) 2218 or “Kadyn’s Law,” became effective March 16, 2012. A multiagency committee addressed three specific safety study elements of Kadyn’s Law as follows:

* Use of cameras mounted on school buses to enhance the safety of children riding the buses and aid in enforcement of motor vehicle laws pertaining to stop-arm violations

* Feasibility of requiring school children to be picked up and dropped off on the side of the road on which their home is located

* Inclusion of school bus safety as a priority in driver training curriculum

This report and tech transfer summary summarize the findings for each of these topics.

 

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