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Old 12-12-2007, 10:29 PM   #11
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As many of you know I am a school bus driver. When someone does not stop for our flashing red lights we are obligated to try and get as much information about the car as possible.

We turn this information in to the local police department and they will send the driver a nice ticket in the mail.

Today.... I had a driver follow me down the street. He was behind me when I activated my flashing yellow warning lights. He was behind me when I stopped and activated the red warning lights and flashing automatic stop sign on the side of my bus. He then passed me on the left.

I hit the horn and he stopped immediately with his rear bumper even with the front of my bus. This allowed me to easily read his plate number. He then put the car in reverse for about a second before giving me a dismissive wave. Then he put it back into drive and took off down the street.

I should also say that he did all of this while talking on his cell phone.

So this morning after my run I filled out the paper work and turned the guy in to the police. In about a week he should receive a monster ticket in the mail. He'll most likely try to fight it.

The penalty in Pennsylvania for running through a school bus' red lights is::

1. 60 days suspended license
2. 5 points on your license
3. $250 fine

I'm expecting a call anytime now from the officer who will be handling the case.


Please.... Pay attention when you're driving and be especially vigilant when you see a school bus.

The child I was picking up at the time is a special needs child. He sometimes tries to break out of his mother's grip and run to the bus. I would hate to see him break free and decide to run past my bus into the street.

Thanks for reading.

PN
I always stop way back for buses, People honk for me being so far back, but I could care less. I'm also a special needs teacher and understand ALL children can run out in front of traffic at any time.

Hats off to you PN, you guys have the toughest jobs in the school system.
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Old 12-12-2007, 10:38 PM   #12
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What jackasses. Good Job Pnp!
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Old 12-12-2007, 10:43 PM   #13
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Default Re: Stop for the school bus.

I also stop for the buses...One thing they are doing here in Bakersfield, CA is put a cop on each bus with a radio. A car drives past without stopping, he radios in and the nearest cop pulls him over.

It has worked very well for the "pilot" they have doing and I think it has made a more people think about doing it.
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Old 12-13-2007, 12:52 PM   #14
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this idiots shouldn't be allowed to drive! and using a freakin cellphone! this guy's going down.

you did the right thing napalm
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Old 12-13-2007, 01:52 PM   #15
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Two of my biggest pet peeves on the road (right after tailgaters): idiots who talk on cell phones while driving and idiots who are in a big hurry to go nowhere. This guy was both - a $250 fine sounds really good for him. Jagoff.
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Two of my biggest pet peeves on the road (right after tailgaters): idiots who talk on cell phones while driving and idiots who are in a big hurry to go nowhere. This guy was both - a $250 fine sounds really good for him. Jagoff.
I think if he's a repeat offender, he can get his license taken away.
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Old 12-13-2007, 06:28 PM   #17
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As many of you know I am a school bus driver. When someone does not stop for our flashing red lights we are obligated to try and get as much information about the car as possible.

We turn this information in to the local police department and they will send the driver a nice ticket in the mail.

Today.... I had a driver follow me down the street. He was behind me when I activated my flashing yellow warning lights. He was behind me when I stopped and activated the red warning lights and flashing automatic stop sign on the side of my bus. He then passed me on the left.

I hit the horn and he stopped immediately with his rear bumper even with the front of my bus. This allowed me to easily read his plate number. He then put the car in reverse for about a second before giving me a dismissive wave. Then he put it back into drive and took off down the street.

I should also say that he did all of this while talking on his cell phone.

So this morning after my run I filled out the paper work and turned the guy in to the police. In about a week he should receive a monster ticket in the mail. He'll most likely try to fight it.

The penalty in Pennsylvania for running through a school bus' red lights is::

1. 60 days suspended license
2. 5 points on your license
3. $250 fine

I'm expecting a call anytime now from the officer who will be handling the case.


Please.... Pay attention when you're driving and be especially vigilant when you see a school bus.

The child I was picking up at the time is a special needs child. He sometimes tries to break out of his mother's grip and run to the bus. I would hate to see him break free and decide to run past my bus into the street.

Thanks for reading.

PN

You sound responsible, but the Bus Drivers near me are as ignorant as they come. I've thought about calling the police on them a few times (failing to yield w/ Children on board, speeding and borderline reckless driving). I threw my arms up at one of them when he cut me off (going opposite directions - He turned left at the light and I was going straight - I have the right of way and was already in the intersection). I slammed on my brakes and was sooooooo tempted to follow him. I thought better of it though as I'm sure I would've been the one to go to jail.

Like I said, you sound responsible so good on ya!
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Old 12-13-2007, 07:23 PM   #18
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I completely understand.

They're children that are getting on that bus. Please people. Stop!

Interesting story.

I was driving on a road., it was a 6 lane road. I was in the far left lane going my way, and came up behind someone that was stopped. I laid on my horn. The guy, to his credit, just pointed at the bus two lanes over.

I felt like an idiot.

I also held my hands and mouthed sorry.
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Old 12-13-2007, 07:35 PM   #19
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Folks... Please... If you ever see a school bus driver doing anything unsafe. Do not hesitate to call the school district/bus company and report it.

I have walked into my supervisor's office several times, closed her door and told her the conduct of fellow drivers. I have absolutely no loyalty to any of the drivers. They work for the same employer as I do. That's it. My main concern is for the children we've been entrusted to transport.
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Sorry, but sometimes I can't help myself, this being a serious subject and all:

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