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Two 6-year-olds bitten by wild fox at Rocky Plains school playground May 22, 2013
Hi John, all you have to do is report the bus number to the school system's transportation department and they can download the recording, some of which even indicate the speed. State law is 40 mph maximum in most circumstances for school buses carrying passengers, even on state highways like 36 and 212. Call the state department of education and check it out. Ask what an express bus is and isn't. We can bring traffic to a complete standstill in Newton County if we can get full compliance by the drivers and administrators. Take your concern to the school board and they will have no choice but to crack down on compliance with state law, else they will be incurring substantially greater liability in the event of an accident. We could even take this campaign statewide and shut down ground transportation in most of the southeastern U.S. There are something like 25,000 school buses on the road in Georgia each day. Slow them all down to 40 and watch the nightmare unfold.
Hi BigMike, no argument from me that the driver erred and the result could have been worse. Teachers have a tough row to hoe, but until recently they typically had classes of about 30 kids and may have had a teacher's aide. The drivers have 60-70 kids, no aide, one eye on the kids in the rearview mirror, and one eye on traffic while maneuvering a 40 foot bus, often in the dark and sometimes in the rain. Teachers have far better job protection in cases of poor performance. We need great teachers and great drivers, and they need to be on the same side. They are all under great pressure and get very little support relative to what is expected of them. They could all use a little empathy.
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