Madera South High students get ultimate civics lesson: their own law

The Fresno BeeApril 21, 2014 

Two Madera South High School students will be in Sacramento Tuesday to witness a hearing on a law they proposed in Sen. Anthony Cannella's "There Ought to Be a Law" contest.

The contest winners, Natalie Rios and Wendi Salpa, are both seniors whose proposal provided the basis for SB 1151, a law sponsored by Cannella to promote safer driving in school zones by enforcing an additional fine to the base fine of violations cited in school zones. The students will be present at the bill hearing at the state Capitol.

The proposal beat out 73 other constituent entries in the contest.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration cites California has the highest fatality rate of pedestrians 4 to 7 years old and the second highest rate among pedestrians younger than 14.

"Both Natalie and Wendi made very valid points in their submissions about reducing the risk of accidents in high-traffic areas around campuses by implementing stricter laws," said Cannella, R-Ceres. "SB 1151 adds additional fines to school zone violations, deterring drivers from going over the school zone speed limit and ultimately preventing more pedestrian injuries and deaths."

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6679 or bvaccari@fresnobee.com.

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