Pay attention to school bus lights

Published: 11/7/2019 11:50:41 AM
Modified: 11/7/2019 11:50:31 AM

I’m a school bus driver. I am responsible for the lives of each and every one of my students even before they are actually on the bus.

There are laws in place to help me keep them alive and well. When the school bus is in the process of slowing down, to either pick them up or drop them off, I activate yellow, alternating, flashing lights on the front and back of the bus. When I’ve come to a complete stop and open the door, the red, alternating, flashing lights take their place along with a flashing stop sign that extends from the road side of the bus. All vehicles are required to stop when the bus has stopped and the red lights are flashing.

These are things you learned when learning to drive. That being said, I feel I have to explain every detail because 13 cars this year have gone through said red, flashing lights. That’s nearly two a week on my route, alone.

The idea that so many of my student’s lives mean less to you than getting home early or Facebooking and texting while you’re driving is appalling. As someone who has had to bury their child, the perpetual ache of such emptiness is a feeling I want no other parent to feel. I don’t want to have to welcome those parents into the club that no one wants to belong to and I’m sure you don’t want to be the reason.

Please stop while the lights are still yellow and come to a complete stop. Creeping along just prolongs the time in which I will let the child out of the bus or allow them to cross. Help me get our kids home safe and sound.

Pam Morawski

Montague


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