Topeka Legislation that would double speeding fines on Kansas Highway 10 in Douglas and Johnson counties is closer to approval.
On a 26-14 vote Thursday, the Senate approved a House-Senate conference committee report that included setting up two safety corridors and a bill that would allow school districts to decide when to replace school buses.
The package now goes back to the House, where if approved would send it to Gov. Sam Brownback for his consideration.
The safety corridors plan was prompted by a number of fatality accidents on K-10. The family of Cainan Shutt, a 5-year-old Eudora boy who was killed in an accident last year on K-10, testified in support of the bill.
Another proposed safety corridor is U.S. Highway 54 in Wichita.
All fines for speeding fines within the corridors would be used for signage, education and enforcement within the safety corridors.
Under the agreement between House and Senate conferees, the proposed law would expire July 1, 2015, so legislators could assess if it is working.
“We have had examples of tragic accidents and thought we’d do a test and see how it works,” said Sen. Dwayne Umbarger, R-Thayer, who is chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee.