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Nobody likes getting nabbed for a speeding ticket, or running a red-light by a police officer. And it is especially galling having your mistake picked up by a red-light or speeding camera. But here is a case when it's hard to complain about the work of camera alerting the public to especially dangerous drivers.

School bus drivers in Baltimore, Md. and Cincinnati, Ohio have been nabbed with hundreds of speeding and red-light violations. As ABC-TV reports, parents were in disbelief hearing about how dangerous school bus drivers were in their cities.

Running red lights and driving more than 20 mph over the speed limit was common. The school districts and bus companies, reported ABC, were grateful for being alerted to the situation.


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      Glen
      • 2 Years Ago
      As long as their packages are seat belted in, it's OK
      hazmaire
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have never understood why there are no seatbelts on school busses when it is the law to have them. Why are our children so unimportant? Why are school busses exemp from this law? Maybe someone could enlighten me.
        poppy123046
        • 2 Years Ago
        @hazmaire
        THE bus has seat belts . They are pushed down between the cushions..The bus driver already has the job of driving the bus. He is not responsible to make sure they wear the seat belts..He or she can report a student who do not remain in thier seat.. The belts are there and yes it probably would be great if the Student could get a ticket for not wearing his or her belt.. The seats are designed to have a high back , so if the bus crashes the student wont be thrown far.. So if your child does not want to wear it ,it becomes his choice.. Your right not the best set up unless we agree to have a matron on all buses to be sure they wear the seat belt..If you go by the exit of your school as the buses are leaving in the afternoon . Take care to see how many bus drivers, teachers,or teenage drivers are not wearing thier seat belts . And yes the bus drivers have to according to the law.. Good luck with this HOT item . No one agrees on this matter..
        lynette
        • 2 Years Ago
        @hazmaire
        Please read bigbadg's explanation, there is specific reasoning for no seat belts on buses.
        Susan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @hazmaire
        It is called compartmentalization look it up. Now imagine your child is in the back of the school bus (mine holds 59 students) and the bus catches on fire. How would you feel if your child was on a burning bus and couldn't get the seatbelt off but had to wait for the bus driver to get to them? By the way it takes a large school bus only 3 minutes to be fully engulfed in flames. Now how would you feel if you child lost their life because of that seatbelt? Would that seatbelt still be so great? Do you really think that the lawmakers would not demand every single school bus in this country have seatbelts if they didn't know for sure the school bus was safe? Take in consideration that a lot of our lawmakers have child going to public schools. They would not let their kids be in danger anymore then you or I would knowing they had the power to keep them safe. SCHOOL BUSES ARE SAFE WITHOUT SEATBELTS! Two years ago my bus caught on fire in the back of the bus in the engine. Without seatbelts on my bus every single child was able to get off my bus and get away from the bus before it was fully engulfed in flames. I had 56 elementary kids on board! I could not have been more proud of my kids and the way they handled this evacuation. I made it a point to call the school from the hospital to make sure they acknowledge how great they did. This story could have turned out much worse had they been in seat belts as I was over come by the smoke while making sure all of my kids got off the bus.
        kysteve66
        • 2 Years Ago
        @hazmaire
        lol umm duhh its called Money - if u dont wear a seatbelt you get a ticket-ITS ALL ABOUT MONEY..government dont worry about our kids..they worry about themselfs.- thats what i say..yep for sure
        Lori
        • 2 Years Ago
        @hazmaire
        as a bus driver if anything was to ever happen you try unbelting 70 kids on a bus thats why the seat are high to protect them and why they must sit at all times in the seat and face forward
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't trust bus drivers must of them don't know how to drive. My car was recently hit by bus driver, driving children home from school. I don't understand why they (meaning the school system) didn't take her off the road when she had the accident. After the police made the police report, she went on her merry way to drop off the children home. I as a parent I don't trust them with with my children. PLEASE think twice before you put your child on a bus. Check the background of those who drive your child to and from school. Apparently the school system seem to do half ass job doing a background check on their driving. It's your job to keep your child SAFE.
        rjackson2a
        • 2 Years Ago
        I noticed you didn't bother to say who was held legally at cause of the accident.
        aehess
        • 2 Years Ago
        In my state if we were in any accident at all involving property damage over $500 or any injury at all. we would be immediatly taken for drug and alcohol testing and suspended for 3 days. If we were at fault in any accident with injury or property damage over $3000 we would be fired and not able to work as a bus driver in this state. What did you do to contribute to the accident. drive in the busses blind spot?
      • 2 Years Ago
      my name is joe walker and i live in phila. pa observeing school bus drivers speed through the streets is nothing new at least not in the city of brotherly love, i once asked a school bus driver why they drove so fast , and his reply was , that they're given a certain ammount of time to get from one point to another on a dailey basis..
        Escalonz
        • 2 Years Ago
        they're given a certain ammount of time to get from one point to another on a dailey basis......................Time to scrap that BS and re schedule according to reality and especially safty.
          Susan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Escalonz
          Tell that to the politicians that want to cut school spending. That is where the problem is!!!
        • 2 Years Ago
        Too bad they get paid by the hour
      • 2 Years Ago
      http://www.gulfbreezenews.com/news/2011-11-10/Front_Page/1_dead_in_Navarre_truckbus_accident.html Bus driver ran a light and killed the other driver. Luckily there were no children in the bus. This happened right down the road from me.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow look at all the pots calling the kettle black. These are the same parents that want to sue the bus company when Johnny gets hurt because he wasn't sitting in his seat and the bus stopped fast because the light swung fast because some cities have been caught speeding the lights up to increase revenue. What about the ones that want to sue because the driver was driving and wasn't looking in the rear view mirror to see Johnny being bullied. The same kids parents are the ones passing you in no passing zones because you are only doing 25 mph in a 25mph zone but then their kid doesn't ride that bus it's someone else's child.
        lucky21741
        • 2 Years Ago
        that has nothing to do with the bus going thiugh red light and going fast
      landslowrance
      • 2 Years Ago
      Easy fix. Just put a governor on the buses and set it so they can't drive over the posted speed limits on their given routes. I know it isn't perfect, but it is a start.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @landslowrance
        The idea is good, except the case when the speed is needed to save lives. There are situations thet you really "need" as much speed as you can get in order to save the childrens and are a lot ef examples. Earthquick, fires, attacs, mud slides, rock falling, etc!
          ROBERT
          • 2 Years Ago
          simple , just have an overide switch installed that can overide the govenor and when its switched the info is sent to the bus barn immediatley then they powers that be can ask on the radio why you hit the overide switch on the govenor.
      • 2 Years Ago
      When bus drivers SLAM on the brakes, people and kids fly out of their seats and bump heads; whiplash and other injuries happen. Never reported. Never caught.
        Jim Dunkin
        • 2 Years Ago
        Remember the story of the Titanic. When she hit the iceberg most folks had no idea they had hit anything. The weight of the ship allowed it to be more stable than if it were a row boat. The same principle applies to the bus. It was built to carry children and to withstand crashes. Thousands of school buses are in use each day. I can't remember hearing of a child killed while riding a bus due to a collision. I don't say it hasn't happened or won't happen but it would be on every TV network if it did.
      bba007
      • 2 Years Ago
      Of all these posts I would like to see people identifying the city/town they live in like I did.
      jabaileydc
      • 2 Years Ago
      In the morning, there are two buses that FLY through my neighborhood. I actually stood on the sidewalk and signaled to one of the drivers to slow down (pumping my hand up and down with my palm facing the grownd). All the jerk did was wave. There is only one way in and out of my development. It is clearly posted that the speed limit is 25mph. Delivery trucks and those Loop vans for the elderly are just as bad. I want speed bumps installed. No one else seems to be on board with this....at least not until someone's kid is run over!
      mygenericemail78
      • 2 Years Ago
      HA!!! That aint NOTHING!! You should see the school bus drivers in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Tx area!!! The SPEED through stop signs, they SPEED through red lights, they SPEED in bad weather, they drive with NO headlights on, they swerve and jerk back and forth in and out of lanes and between vehicles, and NOBODY cares!!!! The school districts hire felons, child molestors, drug addicts, thieves, lunatics, and even people who are too old to drive anymore...and again...NOBODY CARES!!!! You take your kids life in your own hands when you send them to school in these deathmobiles!!!
      David
      • 2 Years Ago
      Something that has irked me in the past was school bus drivers acting like they're the only ones on the road. I drive a good size service vehicle( a box type ), and have been ran off the road several times by these gals, when there was plenty of room for both vehicles. Ans with having children on board, I'm not about to teach them a lesson. Going off road is hard on my truck so.... It's not all of them, but just enough that I'm glad when summer rolls around.
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