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Stop-arm violations put children at risk


To the editor:

I am a school bus driver for special needs children in Lincoln. I love my job, and I take it very seriously. When the children are being loaded, unloaded or riding in the bus, they are my responsibility.

On the bus there are big red and amber lights. These lights flash when activated by me. There is also a large red stop sign, that has four large red flashing lights, that protrudes from the left side of the bus.

When I am loading or unloading children onto my bus, I first MUST activate the amber lights to caution drivers that I will be stopping. I usually activate these lights about one block from my destination. When I spot the child who is riding on the bus, I immediately come to a complete stop and open the service door. This activates the red caution lights as well as the stop sign. These red lights are not a suggestion to stop. It is the law.

Every day I get people who speed past my stop arm and red flashing lights. This is just like running a stop sign or stoplight. When this is done, the violator puts the children at risk.

I am making it a point to write down any and all information that I get from the violatorís automobile. I then take it to the city police and turn it over to them. They in turn track down the violator and turn the complaint in to the states attorney's office.

I am asking all drivers to look around when you drive. The biggest excuse I get is, "I didn't see you." How could you not see a big yellow school bus with several red and amber lights flashing on it?? If you are unable to spot a school bus, then maybe you should not be able to drive.

Thank you.

Tammy L. Smith





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