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Jul 5, 2014 12:13 PM by AP

La. school bus law could add costs and travel time

MONROE, La. (AP) - Officials are warning that a new state law could cause a big increase in school bus costs and travel times across Louisiana.

The law, which takes effect in August, prohibits bus drivers from picking up or dropping off students in locations where they would have to cross traffic lanes.

The News-Star reports that some districts estimate it will cause their buses to drive nearly twice the distance as before the law.

Rep. Rob Shadoin, a Ruston Republican, says the law was meant to address problems in urban areas such as New Orleans and Baton Rouge, but is having unintended effects on school districts across the state.

Union Parish transportation supervisor Lyn Kenley says the law could hurt that parish's efforts to reduce bus travel times.

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