school bus stop arm signOver the past few weeks, Governor Eric Holcomb has ceremonially signed several bills into law, including Senate Enrolled Act 2, which Senator Head authored.

SEA 2, also known as the MAXSTRONG Act, is named after siblings Mason Ingle, Alivia Stahl and Xzavier Ingle – three children who lost their lives boarding a school bus in Fulton County last year.

These tragedies sparked the Indiana General Assembly to increase the penalties for drivers who violate school bus stop laws, including making a violation that results in death a Level 5 felony.

SEA 2 also:

  • Requires schools to minimize bus stops that make children cross highways in high-speed areas;
  • Increases public awareness about Indiana’s school bus laws; and
  • Requires schools to review their school bus routes and safety policies annually.

Though summer is here and school is out, it’s important to stress these new safety measures before students return in the fall.

The safety of our students is so important, and I hope this law will ensure our children are safe as they travel to and from school.

For more information on SEA 2, click here.