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May 10, 2011 - Heather Ziegler
Ohio County Schools officials have taken a giant leap in making sure that drivers who pass stopped school buses are caught. The police have made an effort to do the same. But no amount of technology, warnings or threats have completely succeeded in getting the message out to the driving public. It has come to my attention that numerous cases involving drivers passing stopped school buses have been tossed out of the local courts for a variety of reasons. Why? When offenders ask for special treatment in these cases, it turns my stomach. Yes, my husband, my brother-in-law and several friends are school bus drivers in Ohio County. They take their jobs seriously and genuinely fear for the safety of their passengers -- your children. And there was an altercation on a school bus recently where the mother of a student on a bus forced her way onto the bus and began arguing with the driver and students as her daughter was involved in a physical altercation with another student. The case has gone to the prosecutor and time will tell if charges will result. I hope so. It is a difficult job driving a bus full of kids let alone deal with interferring parents.
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