These drivers are either ignorant, severely distracted, or simply don't care if their actions are putting others, even children, in danger.
But, it sounds like citizen complaints about this reckless behavior in North Dakota are generating action:
Last week, I was approaching a stopped school bus on a two-lane road. The yellow bus had lights flashing and a stop-sign clearly displayed, when a four-door vehicle whipped past the bus on the other side and kept going.North Dakota Highway Patrol plans to put a trooper on a bus in southwest North Dakota to observe drivers. A trooper will ride on a regular bus route on May 15 to observe drivers.If the trooper sees a violation, he will radio information to another trooper in a squad car, who will initiate a traffic stop.The trooper on a bus program is an effort to enhance enforcement of traffic laws and increase public awareness of the dangers created by drivers who fail to stop for school buses when children are loading or unloading.Failing to stop as required for a school bus is punishable by a $100 fine and six points to the violator’s driving record…
No braking. No slowing at all.
The driver, an elderly man, seemed oblivious to the danger--that his actions could have resulted in injuring one of the elementary-aged kids that was being dropped off from school.
I can certainly see why troopers in North Dakota are riding buses to try and combat this problem.
Lives can be changed forever.
As it was yesterday in Gaffney, South Carolina when driver Leslie Littlejohn's vehicle struck student Chassie Alford as she boarded a school bus.
Littlejohn, who did not have a valid driver's license, was arrested and claimed she did not see the bus' warning lights or sign (investigators determined that the bus equipment was operating properly).
Sadly, the student was seriously injured and is currently in an intensive care unit.
My prayers are with her.
I hope you have a good weekend and avoid all those who are "driving dumb" out there.