Florida Dept. of Ed. Survey: Thousands of Drivers Pass School Buses Illegally
FLORIDA – According to a news story reported online at wptv.com, a Florida Department of Education survey recently found that thousands of drivers are passing school buses illegally on a daily basis. The statistic is much higher than people might have thought, and it can carry fatal consequences for children.*
The survey found that more than 10,000 people in Florida drove past a school bus in an illegal manner on just one day in the state. That number breaks down by county, with some examples being 543 instances of illegal school bus passing in Palm Beach County, 171 instances in St. Lucie County, and 115 instances in Martin County.
A school bus driver in Martin County told reporters that he was not terribly surprised by the numbers because he has seen several near-accidents during his years of bus driving.
“It’s a matter of time before someone gets hit by a car,” said the bus driver. The driver went on to describe a situation in which a student walking off his bus was almost struck by a vehicle.
“I grabbed his backpack as he was going out the door,” the driver said. “Had I not grabbed his backpack, the car would have hit him.”
Some parents and legislators are pushing for increased penalties for drivers who pass school buses illegally, including a man and woman who lost their 16-year-old son to an accident at a bus stop. The teen’s parents have already successfully advocated for increased penalties in Florida but say it’s still not enough. They would like to see cameras installed on the outside of school buses that would allow citations to be sent to violators.
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