Media Alert-#PaulLeeSchoolBusSafetyLaw Final Legislative Vote Tomorrow

Tragic Death of Special Needs Student Inspires Bill

August 25, 2016

Sacramento – California Senate Bill 1072 (Mendoza), also known as the “Paul Lee School Bus Safety Law,” named after a Whittier Union High School District student who tragically died after being left unattended on a school bus, is scheduled for its final legislative vote by the State Senate tomorrow—Friday, August 26, 2016. Senator Mendoza will be available for media interviews in the Senate Chamber Press Bay following the vote.

When:    August 26th, 2016 at 9 a.m.

What:    Paul Lee School Bus Safety Law – SB 1072 Final Legislative Vote

Who:     Senator Tony Mendoza

Where:   State Senate Chambers, State Capitol

For information or to schedule an interview, please call John D. Mann at (916) 634-9375.

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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.

During the last several years in California, scores of children have been left unattended on school buses and found hours later, often with disastrous consequences.

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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