LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - A law which stiffens penalties for Mississippi motorists who pass a stopped school bus takes effect Friday. "Nathan's Law" was passed during this year's legislative session.
It's named for Nathan Key, a 5-year-old Jones County boy who died in December of 2009 when he was hit by a passing car as got off a stopped school bus in front of his home.
Senator Chris McDaniel authored the bill.
"We were able to get together up there this past session and make a real difference, so I'm very pleased and I'm excited to see the new law in effect," McDaniel said.
The bill originally passed the Senate in the 2010 legislative session, but failed in the House.