Hazardous walks to school on state lawmakers agenda

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A state lawmakers aims to make the walk to school for students a little bit safer.

Depending on the county, children within a 2-mile distance of a school must take a different avenue of transportation other than the bus, according to an aide for Rep. Larry Metz (R – Groveland.)

A bill by Metz addresses dangerous conditions for those students on certain roads and intersections. He says the legislation will give school boards more direction on how to address the issue.

The legislation went up for vote Tuesday in a house committee.

"Last year we focused on this and determined to try to re-write the current statute to provide greater clarity about what is a hazardous walking condition and also to improve the process for local governmental officials," Metz said.

The bill passed committee with only one no vote. It now moves on to the house education appropriations subcommittee.


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