Governor signs school bus law

November 17, 2009 3:55:19 PM PST
A new law in Illinois is aimed at better protecting children who ride on school buses.Governor Pat Quinn signed the legislation Tuesday at Andrew Jackson Language Academy on Chicago's West Side. It requires school bus drivers to thoroughly look through the bus at the end of their route to make sure there are no children left on the bus.

The law also requires that school bus owners provide a two-way communication device on buses so drivers can be contacted in case of an emergency.

"When you operate a transportation business, you have a duty of care to your passengers. And so, this is really in that spirit and that letter of the law, and it's important that we have this in Illinois . You never know when an emergency will come up," said Quinn.

The secretary of state's office says if a child is left on a school bus, it will move to suspend the driver.


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