Media Advisory - Paul Lee School Bus Safety Law Bill Signing Press Conference To Be Held Tomorrow

Tragic Death of Special Needs Student Inspired Bill - SB 1072

September 27, 2016

Sacramento – Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia), joined by the parents of a special needs student who tragically died after being left unattended on a school bus, and child safety advocates will hold a press conference at the Whittier City Hall on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 12 p.m. regarding Governor Jerry Brown signing SB 1072 (Mendoza), also known as the “Paul Lee School Bus Safety Law” into law. The new law requires all school buses in California to be equipped with a child-safety alarm system.

When:             Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 12 P.M.

What:              Paul Lee School Bus Safety Law Press Conference Bill Signing           

Who:               Senator Tony Mendoza, Parents of Joon “Paul” Lee & Child-Safety Advocates

Where:            City Hall, City of Whittier, 13230 Penn Street, Whittier, CA 90602

Visuals:          A full-sized yellow school bus will be on hand to demonstrate a child-safety alarm

“I thank Governor Brown for signing SB 1072. The Paul Lee School Bus Safety Law will protect every child who rides a school bus to and from school every day,” 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 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.

An alarm system will ensure that no child is ever left behind on a school bus at the end of its route.

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.

California will now join Arkansas and Wisconsin in requiring school buses and childcare vehicles over a certain passenger size to be equipped with child-safety alarm systems.

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 or follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

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