The Child Check Alarm Bill
What You Need to Know
Child Safety is no joke. That is why Governor Brown signed SB1072 into law on September 27, 2016. SB1072, also known as the “Paul Lee School Bus Safety Law” is named after a special-needs student from Whittier who died in September 2015 after being left unattended on a school bus for several hours.
The law requires all school buses to be equipped with an operational child-check reminder alarm system that prompts the driver to inspect all seats before leaving the bus. The system must be approved by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and hard-wired into the vehicle's electrical system and activated when the ignition is turned on.
The law will also:
Require reporting to ensure notification to the department of Motor Vehicles of cases when a child is left on a bus unattended.
Direct the CHP to publish rules to implement the new requirements and provide a list of child safety alarms approved for use in school buses and a qualified technician or mechanic who can install the system.
Grant school districts and school bus contractors a grace period of eight months after the date that the CHP issues the rules to install a child safety system.