Updated: 05/13/2014 6:34 PM
Created: 05/13/2014 6:33 PM KAALtv.com
By: Justin Thompson-Gee
(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Three years ago, Kadyn Halverson was killed when a motorist ignored flashing lights and a stop arm hitting the seven-year-old. The incident has brought up legislation that could now impact school buses and students in every state of the country.
“The tragic death of Kadyn Halverson inspired all of Iowa to take a look at the importance of protecting our children on school buses,” says Congressman Bruce Braley.
In Iowa, Kadyn’s Law increased penalties for drivers who violate safety laws around school buses. Representative Braley is now making a push to make Kadyn’s Law a federal law.
The push in Washington is called Kadyn’s Act and is part of the largest comprehensive school bus safety bill in the last fifteen years.
“Today means a lot to myself and my family because we have really been pushing for Kadyn’s Law and trying to get this passed,” says Kristen Meyer, Kaydn’s aunt.
Other parts of the act include grants for motion activated detection systems, require background checks for school bus drivers and direct the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to assess technology to get drivers to stop.
“Our children are our most precious cargo and we need to make sure they have a safe route to and from school,” Meyer says.
The Congressman has high hopes for the bill, “when it comes to taking care of our kids that’s the type of thing that should bring democrats and republicans, senator sand members of the house together.”