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It still happens

August 31, 2010 - Heather Ziegler

Despite all the warnings, all the education, all the stories, it's still happening. Each and every day, a number of drivers are passing school buses as they load and unload our children. I know this firsthand. The bad part is that bus drivers cannot leave their buses to obtain license plate numbers nor can they be absolutely sure that these drivers won't strike down a student. They're main concern is for our kids' safety but they can't do it all. The last several reports I heard about involved older drivers driving right past school buses despite the flashing lights, etc. I am not picking on an age group, but the facts will prove themselves out, sadly I fear. I do not know the answer to this growing problem short of having a police officer on the buses or police cars following the school buses. Perhaps the public can help by getting license plate numbers of vehicles that do this and turn them into the school board. The public does not hesitate to point out a bus driver's miscues but seem to turn a blind eye to the public's wrongdoings behind the wheel. Please help the bus drivers who are only concerned with your children's safety. You might be amazed at what drivers do for your children each and every day besides getting them to and from school.. Sometimes a kind word from a bus driver just may make the difference in a child's whole day. And if you could see some of the roads they have to travel you might offer them a thank you for a job well done. I'm sure they are all not perfect, but neither are we.


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