Florida bill would require cameras on school bus stop signs

FORT PIERCE, Fla – Two Florida lawmakers are calling for change following a fatal hit and run crash in Fort Pierce that claimed the life of a 10-year-old girl.

Yaceny Berenice Rodriguez-Gonzalez was beaten and killed on September 23 at Skylark Drive and Oleander Avenue as she crossed the street to get to her school bus.

Investigators said a white sedan rounded a parked school bus – which was stopped with its flashing red lights and extended stop sign – struck the girl, then took off.

The vehicle was recovered later that day. Police identified a person of interest in the case but made no arrests.

Fort Pierce Police Department

Yaceny Berenice Rodriguez-Gonzalez, 10, and a car involved in a fatal hit and run crash at Fort Pierce on September 23, 2021.

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Following Rodriguez-Gonzalez’s tragic death, Florida Rep. Emily Slosberg, D-Boca Raton, and Florida Rep. Thad Altman, R-Indian Harbor Beach, tabled a bill that would oblige Florida school districts to install cameras when stationary. school bus signs.

The School Bus Safety Photographic Application The bill would allow cameras – also known as the “side stop signal arm enforcement system” – to capture whether cars stop when approaching school buses, which is required by state law.

Law enforcement agencies could use the footage as evidence against offending drivers.

“This legislation holds drivers responsible for the safety of children getting on and off school buses,” Representative Slosberg said in a written statement. “Its importance cannot be overstated after the tragic accident on Thursday morning at Fort Pierce in which 10-year-old Yaceny Berenice Rodriguez-Gonzalez, crossing the street to board his school bus, was killed by a misdemeanor driver flight that moved behind a school bus that had its long-arm stop sign extended and the red lights flashing. “

The bill will be considered in Florida’s next legislative session, which is scheduled to take place Jan. 11 through March 11 of next year.

If passed, the law would come into force on July 1, 2022.

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