What is going on? Our children fight in school to be approved among their peers; they fight to keep their grades up; students fight to stay off drugs and alcohol; now they have to fight to stay alive from the time they leave home and en route to their school!
· This morning, May 24, 2011, a school bus wrecks and hurts precious lives. According to staff writer Scott Gustin with Fox8 GHP, this wreck hurt 31 of our students. While this accident was not caused by the bus driver, a tractor-trailer driver did cross the line with his rear tire hitting the bus causing it to overturn.
· May 13, 2011 a bus overturned causing 16 students to go to the hospital. Once again, faithful with Fox8 reporters Scott Gustin and Deven Swartz reported that the bus lost its control in a curve and when the drive tried to get control back of the bus it overturned.
· May 17, 2011, once again Scott Gustin reports that a drunken driver hit a bus killing both driver and passenger. Thankfully this time no one on the bus was hurt.
· May 11, 2011, a school bus driver failed to yield to the right away according to an unnamed staff writer with Fox8. No children were on the bus this time.
· May 02, 2011, another article with Fox8 by an unnamed staff writer reports that a bus was hit when a car changed lanes wrongfully. Thank God no child was hurt but both the driver and passenger of the car were taken to the hospital.
It appears that some laws need to be enacted to protect our school buses, students, and drivers. Everyone knows that buses run to pick up students to get them to a school where otherwise these students would not be able to attend school.
Stiffer laws need to be made that if you are caught just one time drinking and driving it is an automatic 2 years behind bars—no probation, no early release, no leniency whatsoever. If you are caught a second time then all rights to a driver’s license, insurance, or any driving privilege will be taken away and jail time extended to an automatic 10 years.
If the person that has been in jail or prison would pay a fine for at least a year, after returning home, for their meals and room and board while they were incarcerated, this might help people stop and think before they break the law.
Even though this next idea would cause a hardship for big businesses it could help save countless of children’s lives. If the first few hours of the morning were set aside that no big trucks were allowed on secondary roads and where there were two or more lanes going the same way, the drivers has to stay to the far left, this simple strategy could help to cut down on accidents.
While these are suggestions to help decrease the school bus accidents, everyone that gets behind the wheel of a car must stay accountable for their own actions. School bus drivers need to stay focused, stay to the right of the road, and slow down in curves to account for the tipping of the bus. If a driver cannot abide by the rules, cannot handle his/her students, or cannot stay off the phone then that driver needs to be replaced.
We do not know what a day may bring and we must stop taking the lives of our children for granted. Just because they may leave our sight on that school bus safely that morning does not ensure that they will return safely that afternoon.