Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has cosponsored Congressman Josh Gottheimer’s (D-NJ) Miranda Vargas School Bus Driver Red Flag Act. This bipartisan legislation is named after Miranda Vargas, who tragically lost her life in a school bus accident one year ago this month.

The Miranda Vargas School Bus Driver Red Flag Act requires real-time background checks on school bus drivers. When a driver receives any sort of driving infraction aside from a parking ticket, the school and school bus company will receive a notification regarding the infraction from the Department of Transportation within 24 hours.

“No parent should have to worry about their child’s safety when they drop them off at the school bus stop,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “I am proud to stand firmly with the family of Miranda Vargas in believing there should be a zero-tolerance policy for school bus drivers’ driving infractions. These drivers do important work and are responsible for so many lives – we must make absolutely sure that we have the best drivers on the roads transferring our kids to and from school. I’m proud to cosponsor this bipartisan bill that will save lives and put parents’ minds at ease.”

Congresswoman Stefanik is also a cosponsor of the Miranda’s Law and the Secure Every Child Under the Right Equipment Standards (SECURES) Act, which requires the implementation of seat belts on all school buses and makes three-point lap-and-shoulder seat belts the national standard.