Media Advisory - #PaulLeeSchoolBusSafetyLaw

Assembly Transportation Committee Hearing on #SB1072 by Senator Mendoza - Tragic Death of Special Needs Student Inspires Bill

June 10, 2016

Sacramento – The parents of Paul Lee will testify at a hearing of the State Assembly Transportation Committee in support of SB 1072, a bill named after their son who tragically died after being left unattended on a school bus. Senator Mendoza, author of the bill, and the Lees will be available for media interviews following the hearing.

When:    June 13, 2016, 2:30 p.m.

What:     State Assembly Transportation Hearing on Paul Lee School Bus Safety Law – SB 1072

Where:   State Capitol, Room 4202      

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“No parent should fear that their child will not return home safely at the end of the day. My hope is that SB 1072 will prevent future tragedies by requiring every school bus in California to be equipped with a child-safety alarm system,” said Senator Tony Mendoza.

During the last several years in California, scores of children have been left on school buses unattended and found hours later. An example of one such case occurred last year in Whittier, a community in Los Angeles County, when Hun Joon “Paul” Lee, a special needs student lost his life after being left unattended on a school bus parked at the Whittier Union High School District parking lot.

SB 1072 will require all school buses in California to be equipped with an operational child-safety alarm system that prompts the driver to inspect all seats before leaving the bus.

Specifically, a school bus child-safety alarm system generates an audible sound when the ignition of the vehicle is turned off. This alarm requires the bus driver to walk to the rear of the vehicle to silence the alarm, thereby detecting any remaining children or passengers on the school bus.

Some states, including Arkansas and Wisconsin, already require school buses and childcare vehicles over a certain passenger size to be equipped with child-safety alarms.

Senator Tony Mendoza, a Los Angeles native and former elementary school teacher in East Los Angeles, represents the 32nd Senate District encompassing portions of Los Angeles and Orange Counties. For more information about Senator Mendoza visit his website or follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

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