Rant Mode: ON.
There are some things in this world that really set my hair on fire. Watching people blow by a stopped school bus is one of them. I’ve watched people speed through my neighborhood and I yell at them to slow down nearly every day as I drop off and pick up my son from the bus stop. Often times I see that it is a parent in their mini-van, with their kids inside, blazing up my street doing 45 in a 25. Somehow, that’s worse.
Just last week, I watched a car slow down a bit but roll right on by my son’s stopped bus. I wasn’t able to grab the plate number due to my vantage point. I don’t believe my son’s bus has a camera either.
When you see an emergency vehicle with its lights on, you slow down and even pull over. You know it is important and you know the law. A school bus stopped is JUST as important and also it is the law. So, please – SLOW THE HELL DOWN AND STOP.
WFMYNEWS2 has an article about just this very thing – blowing past stopped school buses.
The WFMY article notes a problem with the current laws that are allowing for thousands of people who blow by stopped buses to essentially get away with it. There’s an issue with nailing these drivers who blow by the buses that do have cameras. Excerpt:
“2 Wants to Know discovered even if a driver is caught on camera passing a stopped bus, the video might not make a difference.
The cameras see almost everything. The stop arm out. The car passing and the driver’s license plate.
But it often does not capture the driver’s face clearly.
And state law says even with a license plate number, if you don’t have enough to identify the driver, you can’t expect a conviction.”
If you continue reading, you’ll find that these cameras are paid for by fines for breaking the law which, due to the law itself, are not being enforced. Awesome.
There are other school bus safety acts out there though. Here is the list of school bus safety related acts in North Carolina going back to 2005:
2005 – House Bill 1400; session law 2005-204
2007 – Senate Bill 924; session law 2007-382.
2009 – Senate Bill 440; session law 2009-147.
2013 – Senate Bill 428; session law 2013-293.