Tennessee Community Wants More Safety Measures After Fatal Bus Stop Accidents
CLARKSVILLE, TN. – An article online at theleafchronicle.com discusses the string of bus accidents that occurred in late 2018 around the country and how one Tennessee community wants additional safety measures implemented to prevent something similar from happening.*
In only one week in the fall of 2018, five children were killed during six separate accidents that took place at bus stops around the country. In almost all of the accidents, a car kept driving when a bus was stopped to let children on or off. Parents, law enforcement officers, and school officials in Clarksville, Tennessee, took notice and want safety measures implemented to prevent such an accident from happening in their community.
One parent pushing for better safety at school bus stops is Brittany Boyett, of Clarksville. She spends every morning outside her home on Needmore Road, making sure her children are able to board their school bus safely. She feels the need to stand guard because she has witnessed countless close calls.
“People just fly through here,” Boyett said. “These kids are just waiting to get on the bus.”
In the three years she and her family have lived in their home, she estimates she has seen an average of three drivers a week fly by a stopped school bus, and she has called the police about these drivers close to 100 times. She says every time she calls the police, officers step up patrol in the area, and drivers stop for a little while, but drivers continue to drive recklessly as soon as the officers leave.
In Tennessee, just like all other states in the U.S., people have to stop for school buses that have lights on and stop arms extended. In Tennessee, drivers also have to stop when they are on the opposite side of a non-divided highway from a stopped bus. However, people aren’t paying attention to the law. People in the community are pushing for tougher fines – from $500 to $5,000 – and for buses to have larger stop arms and more lights.
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