Should students be allowed to cross the street to catch the school bus?

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A new state law, Act 654, that went into effect Aug. 1 prohibits students from crossing the street -- any street, as interpreted by some school systems -- to catch a school bus. The Legislature adopted the law after a 6-year-old New Orleans boy was struck by a car and killed in February as walked to his bus stop.

Some Louisiana public school systems say they have already addressed safety issues on busy highways. They say the new law, aimed mainly at urban schools, would cost more money and keep students on the bus longer in rural areas where bus stops are located on interior, residential streets.

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