Re-examine School Bus Routes and Stops?
Public schools are deeply entrenched in most societies. And some of those schools are served by school buses. They vary in color. Some hold a few children, some hold many children. They follow predetermined routes, picking up or dropping off kids along those routes. There is often a parent present in the case of the very young ones to avoid most mishaps.
However, some school bus routes often include areas where the bus stops but the child must cross in front of the bus. The driver may use hand signals to assist some of the children, telling them it is OK to cross. The child is taught to look both ways. Accidents are relatively few. But they do occur.
Recently in our area, a large and heavy truck topped a hill and barely began its descent when it was instantly upon two children. The truck driver did his best, but there was no way he could stop it from hitting and killing them. No charges were brought against the driver, emphasizing his innocence.
The grief and outcry were immediately apparent. Obviously the stop location was a very bad one, indeed. It would be changed, albeit too late. So were all the bus route drop-offs changed to avoid further accidents? In that county, were other stops requiring kids to cross major streets eliminated. Not at all.
You judge. Are kids' lives of sufficient worth all bus routes and stops should be carefully re-evaluated? This article of mine is not one of social discord nor is it one of political outcry? No, it is a rhetorical question each person, especially authorities, should take to heart.
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