What would your excuse be?
“I didn’t know I was supposed to stop.”
The laws are out there for all of us to view, and easy to view with the technology available. Ripley County school buses are equipped as required for the safety of the passengers. Drivers are to STOP in BOTH directions when a bus is stopped – with red lights flashing and stop sign visible – for loading and unloading those passengers. That means, even with an additional lane, and even if the students are not crossing the lanes to the other side, ALL vehicles meeting and following the stopped bus must STOP. There are variations to consider, but those do not apply to Ripley County circumstances. We do not have divided roads/medians /4 or more lanes so it is a simple law to follow here. If a bus is stopped, all traffic must also stop. There are no exceptions.
“I was distracted by…”
We could all fill in that blank with various responses. Life does not limit distractions once we buckle up and start a vehicle. It is up to each driver to control them. We are the humans in charge behind the wheel, so we DO have control over inanimate objects like phones and radios and foods and beverages within that space. It’s a sign of competence to exercise that power so as not to jeopardize the safety of those within that vehicle or in its path.
“I was running late.”
Plan ahead. The times for the start and end of the school day are not secret. If a child dies or is injured due to rushing and ignoring laws, THEN it’s too late to plan, too late to learn the laws, too late to ignore distractions.