Madden Bill Would Designate May 27 As ‘School Bus Driver Appreciation Day’

TRENTON – A measure sponsored by Senator Fred H. Madden, which would designate May 27 of each year as “School Bus Driver Appreciation Day,” was unanimously approved today by the full Senate.

“This resolution would serve as a ‘thank you’ to the men and women who transport our children to and from school each day,” said Senator Madden, D-Camden and Gloucester. “School bus drivers have to keep the peace on the bus, while also maneuvering through traffic. It’s not always easy to deal with other people’s children, especially in a setting like a school bus, where traffic can take a turn for the worst at a moment’s notice.”

Senator Madden’s resolution, SJR-19, would also encourage the public to recognize and appreciate the contributions made by school bus drivers.

“In 2006, I authored legislation to require school bus drivers to check to make sure that no students were left on buses at the end of routes. That legislation, which became law in May of 2007, was in response to a number of instances of young children being left on school buses. This resolution would serve to commend those bus drivers, who always go the extra mile to make sure that our children are kept safe.”

This measure was unanimously approved by the Senate Education Committee on March 6. It now heads to the Assembly for approval. #