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School Bus Safety Bill Inspired By Teen's Death Signed Into Law

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The “Cameron Mayhew Act” is slated to take effect Saturday, after Governor Rick Scott signed the bill into law aimed at increasing school bus safety.

The new law increases the minimum penalty for drivers who illegally pass a stopped school bus, resulting in the injury or death of another person. It includes a $1,500 fine and a one-year driver license suspension. It stems from last year’s death of Cameron Mayhew, who was struck by a car as he walked to his stopped school bus.

“The family who lost the young man in this case, they’re from my district and I know how it important is to them to know that people are held accountable when they drive carelessly,” said Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto (R-Fort Myers).

Still, the measure did receive some bipartisan pushback in the Senate. Some called it “cruel and unusual” to subject a person who had unintentionally caused the incident to do 120 community service hours at a trauma center or hospital. The new law also requires the driver’s participation in a victim’s impact panel.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.