School buses transport kids around every day for school bringing thousands of students to and from their day’s education; but it seems like it’s the drivers who need to learn an important lesson – Stop for Buses whose lights are flashing.
The news broke this Friday that a 7-year-old girl in Maryland was hit by a truck while getting off her school bus and sent to hospital in critical condition. As part of that story the information was also shared that this was not an isolated incident. A survey in Maryland was done that showed nearly 4,000 bus-stop violations in one day in the Spring of 2018. Another found there were nearly 84,000 such violations in the 2017-2018 school year reported by bus drivers.
This story also talks about how this girl is just one of many injured or worse in the last month; including a 7-year-old boy killed in Pennsylvania, a 9-year-old killed in Mississippi, 3 siblings killed in Indiana, and in Florida 6 kids were sent to hospital with injuries; all because they were getting on or off a stopped school bus and a driver failed to stop. In Florida this situation is so bad one woman had to get the police involved at one particular stop and posted the results on Facebook.
Posted by Monica Douglas on Wednesday, November 14, 2018
The incredible video shows dozens of cars flagrantly flying by a school bus stopped with lights flashing and sign out and kids getting ready to disembark – then they all get pulled over by several squad cars waiting just down the road; except those that reverse back behind the bus.
Before you think this is primarily a problem in the States be aware that a study done in 2017 found that in Brantford there is one blow-by per bus every three days and that in Kitchener-Waterloo it is 500-700 per week.
This is despite penalties such as $400 to $2,000 and six demerit points for a first offence and $1,000 to $4,000, six demerit points and possible jail time (up to six months) for each following offence. In P.E.I. they just recently increased the punishment up to a $5000 fine and 12 demerit points and driver’s license suspension for three months. That’s up from a $1000 to $5000 fine and 8 demerit points previously.
The numbers of violations are staggering, and whether it is ignorance of the penalties or a disregard for children’s safety it needs to change. That is why this information is being shared with you, in the hopes that minds can be changed and the kids can go to and come home from school safe.
Video from Monica Douglas on Facebook.