Local bus driver’s actions stir national debate on bus safety

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TOWN OF CHENANGO (WBNG) — After video of a Norwich bus driver pulling a child to safety went viral, Congressman Anthony Brindisi decided to take action on bus safety.

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Brindisi was at the Chenango Valley bus garage to announce he is a cosponsor of the Stop for School Buses Act of 2019. This would require the federal government to complete a comprehensive study to determine the best way to keep our students safe.

The study would review laws, practices and current technologies, to combat what Brindisi describes as a growing problem.

“There’s a lot of distracted driving that’s happening these days,” said Brindisi, whose experience with the issue dates to his time as a member of his local school board. “A lot of incidents are happening and we’re seeing a rise in the amount of incidents happening, and hopefully we can do more to educate the public on the importance of being aware of their surroundings and stopping for school buses.”

Brindisi said the bill has bipartisan support in the House of Representatives but needs a sponsor in the U.S. Senate. He said he hopes to get it passed by the end of the year.

Josh Rosenblatt

Josh Rosenblatt

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