Illinois bill to double fines for drivers who pass stopped school buses advances

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WIFR) -- A bill proposing to double fines for drivers who pass stopped school buses passed vote from the Illinois House.

House Bill 1873​ was approved on a 74-16 vote Thursday.

The bill calls to double the fine for first offenses from $150 to $300, and second offenses from $500 to $1,000. The fines would take effect for any driver "approaching, overtaking, and passing school buses" in Illinois.

Rep. Darren Bailey (R-Xenia), the bill's lead sponsor, says the bill would "protect school children as they load and unload off of busses."

Opponents say increasing penalties will not stop people from violating the law and make the fines for difficult to pay.

The bill now heads to the Illinois Senate for consideration.