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Bus crash reporting requirements (new law)

Published (5/29/2009)
By Mike Cook
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It is hoped a new law will never be used.

Sponsored by Rep. Terry Morrow (DFL-St. Peter) and Sen. Rick Olseen (DFL-Harris), the law expands a peace officer’s school bus accident reporting requirements.

Effective Aug. 1, 2009, a peace officer responding to an accident involving a school bus must report the accident to the state patrol if there is a fatality, there is bodily injury to a person who requires immediate medical attention or a vehicle involved suffers disabling damage.

In addition to conforming state school bus crash inspection statutes to federal law, the law simplifies reporting requirements because the state has two standards, one for commercial vehicles and one for school bus inspections.

By aligning the two to treat all large-vehicle crashes the same, Morrow said state patrol inspections will be more efficient, and the state will comply with the definition of a reportable crash under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration so that accurate reporting of trend data involving school bus crashes will occur. School bus operators testified in support of the law.


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