COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA (KPTM) – It is known as Kaydn's Law, but officially it is called the Keep Aware Driving – Youth Need School Safety Act. Kaydn Halverson, age 7, was getting off a school bus in Northwood, Iowa when she was struck by a pickup.
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed the bill into law earlier this year. The law increases the penalty for drivers who illegally pass a stopped school bus.
Drivers who break this law have their licenses and they will pay a fine.
The first violation of the law results in a 30-day suspension. The driver could be fined at least $250, but not more than $675.
The second offense results in a 90-day suspension and a fine of at least $315, but not more than $1,875.
A third or more offense results in a 180-day suspension and a fine of at least $315, but not more than $1,875.
Parents in Council Bluffs tell Fox 42 News the law is long overdue.
Stephanie Perin said, "People don't pay attention and they just think kids are looking for the cars, and my kids aren't looking for the cars when they get off the bus. They are ready to come home."
Fredrick Lower said, "Technically I don't think they went far enough. They need to figure another way to alert the driver pay attention to them yellow school buses. Even thought they are bright yellow, but a lot of people just don't care anymore."