RIVER EDGE, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – The father of a young girl killed in a horrific school bus crash in New Jersey is calling for new legislation to keep unsafe school bus drivers off the road.
Joevanny Vargas 10-year-old daughter Miranda and teacher Jennifer Williamson were killed in the crash on route 80 last month. School bus driver Hudy Muldrow faces charges of vehicular homicide after allegedly attempting an illegal U-turn in Mount Olive.
The 77-year-old had a long history of violations, including moving tickets and license suspensions. The Miranda Vargas School Bus Driver Red Flag Act – or “Mirandas Law” – will require real-time notifications of driver violations to school districts and bus companies.
“How could someone that has their drivers license suspended 14 times be trusted with the life of my daughter? I ask myself that question every day,” Vargas said during a press conference in Brookside Park Friday.
“The bottom line is… if we save one life out of this process, it was worth the investment,” Congressman Josh Gottheimer said in regards to the cost of building a new violations tracking system.
“Mirandas Law” would also call for background checks on drivers and lap-and-shoulder seat belts on all school buses.