Re May 6 letter [“Bus driver parked too long with lights on”] from Edmond Day concerning a bus driver on Helderberg Avenue sitting in traffic with his yellow amber lights activated for a prolonged period. Mr. Day’s frustration is justified and experienced by others.
As a bus driver of over 30 years and a school bus driver instructor for 21 years, this may occur when a driver arrives at a stop and either the child isn’t ready to board or there’s no one to receive the child. As for the driver then activating his red lights and struggling with traffic going through them, the bus driver should use his discretion about when to activate them.
Sitting in traffic with the amber lights flashing confuses other drivers. If it becomes a prolonged period of time, the bus driver should pull out of traffic, sit on the curb, turn off the lights and wait.
By today’s standards, most, if not all, school buses are equipped with GPS internal/external camera systems and are viewed by school district administrators and private bus company officials on a regular basis or as needed.
The video shows time, place, speed, activity etc., of what a bus driver, students on board and the motoring public are doing.
Student safety is a school bus driver’s No. 1 priority.