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November 20, 2008 - Phyllis Sigal
So, here I am sitting on U.S. 40 at a red light at the intersection of Mt. de Chantal Road and National Road one day last week, and I can tell the light is about to turn green. I'm assuming that means the light for the other traffic, the traffic coming from Mt. de Chantal Road, will turn red.
I'm also assuming that the big, yellow school bus will stop.
Except that I didn't assume that because I could see it coming ... and it didn't look like it had given stopping even a passing thought.
Should I call 911? I asked myself. Just a couple of seconds after my light turned green for me to proceed (you know, that same time the school bus went through the red light), I noticed a police car approaching. I wasn't quite sure he had seen the school bus — which I might add, thankfully, had no children aboard.
I decided to memorize the school bus number, and then deal with it when I arrived at work.
A co-worker suggested I call the school board instead of the police.
Mrs. John connected me with Gary Kestner, the transportation director.
He asked me if I had the bus number, which I gave to him.
And then he said that the driver of that bus was in his office at that moment, reporting the incident.
I was pleased to hear that. I think it's admirable that the bus driver turned himself in.
But I was still a bit unnerved that the bus traveled through that red light.
I don't know what kind of discipline takes place in a case like this, but I sure hope something was done.
It is unacceptable for school bus drivers to break traffic laws. Next time, someone less attentive than I was could be sitting at that traffic light.
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