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Avon Lake passes new law increasing fine for illegal bus passing

Posted at 9:12 PM, Aug 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-26 21:12:34-04

AVON LAKE, Ohio — The Avon Lake City Council unanimously voted to increase the finer for illegal bus passing to $750 and give a judge the option to send the violator to jail for 30 days.

City Councilman David Kos told News 5 a study conducted by the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services back on March 20 helped inspire him create the ordinance.

He said the the study polled 4,145 bus driver across the state and in Avon Lake to keep track of how many drivers illegally passed them.

Kos explained the bus drivers who participated in the study recorded 1,501 illegal passes in just one day.

“I think that you have people that are in such a rush trying to get to work, running from one appointment to another that they just don’t care,” Kos said.

The ordinance will go into affect immediately after the mayor signs it.

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