bus2A bill in the New York Legislature is proposing that ignition interlocks be placed on all school buses. The ignition interlock would detect alcohol on the driver’s breath and would refuse to start up if alcohol is detected.

This bill was prompted by several accidents involving intoxicated bus drivers in N.Y. within the past year. One intoxicated driver ran his bus with kids aboard into a house.

“Parents entrust their children’s lives and safety to school bus drivers,” said Senator Charles Fuschillo. “They have every right to expect and demand that the bus driver is sober.”

If passed, the new law will go into effect in 2015.

SAN ANTONIO – A bill giving school bus drivers in Texas the power to discipline students by sending them to the principal’s office has passed in the Texas Senate.

Although the bill passed the Senate, it still has to pass in the House before it can become law. The Public Education Committee is reviewing the companion House bill.