Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has signed his first bill into law.
Senate Bill 25 went into effect Monday, February 18th and is geared towards keeping Georgia students safe.
The new law forces all drivers on the road to stop for a stopped school bus.
Prior to the new law going into effect, it was technically legal for Georgia Drivers to pass a stopped school bus when there was a painted turn lane in between them.
“It is imperative that our citizens understand the need to stop,” said Vanessa Miller-Kaigler, The Deputy Superintendent Chief Operations Officer with the Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools.
News 3 reached out to the Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools. The district sees this law as a positive move for students and their families.
“We transport over 24,000 students and it’s imperative that we’re transporting to school and home safely,” said Miller-Kaigler.
The new law received bipartisan support from both Democrats and Republicans. If a driver violates the new law, the penalties could be a fine up to one thousand dollars, a possible court appearance and six points on one’s driving record.
“We do hope to see and desire to see more attention to detail. We are all in a hurry, but we want you to be safe and we want to make sure our students are safe on a daily basis as well,” said Miller-Kaigler.