An Act relative to child transportation companies.
Chapter 265 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 13L, as appearing in the 2012 Official Edition, the following section:—
Section 13L 1/2 . (a) For the purposes of this section, the following words shall, unless the context clearly requires otherwise, have the following meanings:—
“Child transportation company”, any person engaged in the business of transporting minors in a child transportation vehicle.
“Child transportation vehicle”, a motor vehicle that is used to transport minors, without the the supervision of parents or guardians, including school buses and vehicles used for transporting pupils pursuant to section 7D of chapter 90.
“Motor vehicle”, any automobile, truck, passenger van or any motor bus or motor-propelled vehicle, not exclusively operated or driven on fixed rails or tracks.
“Serious bodily injury”, bodily injury which results in a permanent disfigurement, protracted loss or impairment of a bodily function, limb or organ, or substantial risk of death.
“Unattended child”, any person under 12 years of age who is not accompanied by an agent of the child transportation company.
(b) Whoever, acting as an agent for a child transportation company, wantonly or recklessly leaves an unattended child in a child transportation vehicle that is at rest, under circumstances which create a substantial risk of serious bodily injury to the unattended child, shall be punished by imprisonment in the house of correction for not more than 2 and 1/2 years or by a fine of not more than $1000 or both such fine and imprisonment.
(c) Whoever, acting as an agent for a child transportation company, wantonly or recklessly leaves an unattended child in a child transportation vehicle that is at rest, under circumstances which create a grave risk of death to an unattended child, thereby causing the death of the child, shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than 20 years or by a fine of not more than $1000 and imprisonment in jail or a house of correction for not more than 2 and 1/2 half years.
(d) For the purposes of this section, such wanton or reckless behavior occurs when a person is aware of and consciously disregards a substantial and unjustifiable risk that his acts, or omissions where there is a duty to act, would result in serious bodily injury to a child. The risk must be of such nature and degree that disregard of the risk constitutes a gross deviation from the standard of conduct that a reasonable person would observe in the situation.
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