Distracted driving and speeding is increasing throughout the U.S., including in school zones. This is creating dangerous conditions for students and crossing guards, sometimes leading to injuries and deaths. Because of this, Wyoming legislators are considering the installation of video surveillance in school zones to discourage unsafe driving.
Efforts to improve safety at school crosswalks throughout the state have continued throughout the Wyoming Legislature’s general session.
Rep. Bill Henderson, R-Cheyenne, brought forward a bill that would require vehicles to stop for pedestrians in school zone crosswalks and implement video surveillance, making it the second piece of legislation this session that addresses pedestrian safety. He said he believes it is a good place to start.
Henderson explained to the House Transportation, Highways and Military Committee Affairs Committee on Tuesday that House Bill 68 was inspired by the solution for drivers passing stopped school buses. A few years ago, the Legislature allowed buses to record drivers who passed, and the images were used to issue fines to the vehicle owners.
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