The Mississippi Senate voted Friday to impose harsher penalties on motorists who illegally pass stopped school buses.
The bill was prompted by the death of five-year-old Nathan Key of Laurel, who was struck by a car Dec. 11 after he got off a school bus in front of his home. Authorities have charged a motorist in the case.
Under current law, a driver who passes a stopped school bus while children are present faces up to a $500 fine and one year in prison.
The bill would increase penalties if a child is injured by a passing driver. Conviction would carry a $5,000 fine and five years in prison. The bill now goes to the House.