Fla. Law Holds School Districts Accountable for Student Safety

Gabby’s Law makes student safety each school districts responsibility as they travel to school.

A new law was passed in Florida that makes school districts responsible for ensuring student safety as they come to school every day.

Gabby’s Law was passed by lawmakers July 1 and forces school districts to fix any hazardous conditions students may face on their way to school, according to wftv.com. The law was named after a girl who was hit and killed by a car while waiting at her bus stop in 2010. The girl was hit by someone illegally passing a school bus as children stepped off the bus.

The parents of the victim had been pushing for lawmakers to pass something that would put cameras on all school busses to catch drivers making illegal passes. Campus Safety had previously reported on a massive state grant in Wyoming that equipped over half of the state’s school buses with cameras.

The law gives schools five years to fix any hazardous conditions, like a lack of sidewalks, that students may face on their way to school.

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