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School Bus Injuries

When six year old Haven McCarthy was killed in Lincoln County by a driver passing her school bus, her relatives, including an aunt in Morgantown, asked the Legislature to help prevent similar tragedies in the future. In 2010, Delegate Fleischauer co-sponsored HB 4489, to increase penalties for careless drivers. During debate in the House Judiciary Committee on another bill related to school bus safety, HB 4223, Delegate Fleischauer offered an amendment that made it a felony offense to cause severe injure or kill a child being discharged from a school bus. HB 4223, as amended, passed the House unanimously after Fleischauer gave an impassioned floor speech. The Senate agreed and the Governor signed the bill making it law.

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