Washington HB 1057 – Concerning school bus safety
Concerning school bus safetyFull Bill Text
UPDATE June 17, 2019: 2019 Legislative session is in recess until January 13, 2020. Odd-number year sessions carry over to even-number years.
UPDATE February 20, 2019: Referred to House Appropriations Committee.
UPDATE February 18, 2019: Majority; 1st substitute bill be substituted, do pass. February 21st hearing scheduled for House Committee on Education.
HB 1057 was introduced to the House on January 14, 2019 and referred to the Education Committee. It is scheduled for a public hearing on February 4, 2019 and an executive session by the committee on February 7, 2019.
The NMA is opposed to the bill because it would mandate that, beginning September 1, 2020, every school bus be equipped with an automated enforcement camera. School bus stop-arm cameras are another of the photo-based traffic enforcement “solutions” looking for a problem. These systems employ cameras mounted on the exterior of school buses to record alleged passing violations of stopped school buses that are loading or unloading children. Supporters play upon the strong emotions elicited by the prospects of school children put at risk by negligent motorists, and they imply the cameras will save countless lives. The truth is far different. For more information, go here.