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'Miranda's Law' Aims To Keep Dangerous School Bus Drivers Off The Road

June 29, 2018 - 2:21 pm

RIVER EDGE, N.J. (WCBS 880) -- The father of a young girl killed in a Paramus school bus crash is calling for new legislation to keep reckless bus drivers off the road.

On May 17, a group of fifth-graders from East Brooke Middle School were involved in a deadly crash when their school bus collided with a dump truck on Route 80 in western Morris County.

Miranda Vargas, 10, was one of the students traveling on the bus and died as a result of the injuries she sustained.

Days after the crash, reports revealed that the driver of the bus, 77-year-old Hudy Muldrow Sr., had his driver’s license suspended 14 times.

As a result of the information, U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-New Jersey) proposed a federal bill called the Miranda Vargas School Bus Driver Red Flag Act, or “Miranda’s Law.”

The proposal will make it so bus companies and school districts will be alerted if a driver receives a moving violation. Miranda’s father, Joevanny Vargas has become one of the bill’s strongest supporter.

“It's the least I could do as her father and I think it's what she would want me to do,” Vargas said. “She wants me to stand up and fight for this.”

Rep. Gottheimer believes that if passed, the new law will save thousands of lives by letting school’s know when they have a driver who should not be on the road.

“If this saves one life, it’s worth it,” the congressman said.

Muldrow had his first appearance in a New Jersey court on Friday, May 25, and is charged with two counts of death by auto.