May 29, 2019
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Tom Reed announced he has joined with Rep. Josh Gottheimer to co-sponsor two bills to improve school bus safety following a horrific school bus crash in New Jersey last year. Reed says it’s called the Miranda Vargas School Bus Driver Red Flag Act – or Miranda’s Law – ensures real-time background checks, so that when a school bus driver has any driving infraction beyond a parking ticket, the school or school bus company will receive an alert about that infraction from the Department of Transportation within 24 hours.
Reed noted that this bill was named for one of the victims of the tragic bus crash that occurred in Paramus, NJ, last year. The driver of the bus was found to have had more than 14 license suspensions at the time of the crash. “We care about ensuring our kids are safe from the moment they get on the school bus in the morning to the moment they arrive at home,” said Tom. “Not only is it common sense to shed sunshine on the driving records of school bus drivers, it is the fair thing to do for the parents of millions of school age children who worry daily about their child’s safety.”