State Rep. Holly Hughes is sponsoring legislation that would add a new, lower level of bright flashing rear lights on new Michigan school busses.
LANSING, Mich. (WZZM)- Antonia Privacky would have been 14-years-old Tuesday, her mother, Nancee told state lawmakers Wednesday through her tears. Antonia and her 16-year-old brother Bruce were killed last December when the car Bruce was driving home from school slammed into the back of a stopped school bus in Coopersville.
State Rep. Holly Hughes, (R) Montague, a Privacky family friend, is sponsoring legislation that would add a new, lower level of bright flashing rear lights on new Michigan school busses.
Hughes told the House Transportation committee, "Maybe if these lights had been flashing at eye level it would have caught these two teenagers eyes. I do want to note that they were not on a cell phone - they were not texting... we don't know exactly why they slammed into the back of this bus."
No opposition was heard to the plan Wednesday. One lawmaker, democrat Doug Geiss of Taylor, said "It appears that this is a nationwide issue."
Paul Wegmayer of the Michigan Association for Pupil Transportation testified, "Our association embraces HB 5507 as an opportunity to explore effective ways of making this bus more conspicuous to more motorists that future accidents may be avoided and lives can be saved."
The law, if passed as expected, would be known as the Privacky Law.
By Peter Ross