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Minimum Fines For Passing School Buses In NC Bill

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File photo of school bus.(Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of school bus.(Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina motorists convicted of passing a stopped school bus picking up or dropping off students would face a $500 minimum fine in addition to other punishments in legislation going to Gov. Pat McCrory’s desk.

The House agreed Tuesday to Senate changes to the bill, named for an 11-year-old boy killed last December when police say a car struck him at a Forsyth County bus stop.

In the “Hasani N. Wesley Students’ School Bus Safety Act,” a driver who hits a child and faces a felony would receive a minimum $1,250 fine. A conviction resulting in death would mean at least $2,500.

The measure requires drivers convicted of repeat violations to have their licenses revoked for at least one year and possibly permanently. The motorist could get limited driving privileges.

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