Thursday, January 8, 2009
STOP When Red Lights Flash
Yesterday morning, I drove to the end of our road so Christian could catch his school bus. We waited in our vehicle till the bus pulled up, it stopped and he got in. No sooner did I turn around to head home, I noticed a car wedged under the bus. I'm not even sure how that happened. This is 2 lanes of traffic, that both travel the same direction. The bus was still stopped. The red vehicle some how got rear ended, by possibly that car that is under the bus? And the back of that car was also smooshed. I got on the bus to make sure everyone was ok and everyone was. The bus driver had to wait for the police to get there. I talked with Christian for a minute, he was fine. All the kids seemed fine, just excited over all the commotion. I had to go back to the house to get Ashlyn so I could take her to school but we couldn't get out of our drive onto the main road with the bus and emergency vehicles blocking the way. They finally got the bus moved and let us out onto the road. Traffic was backed up going both directions for at least a mile from what I could see. On the way to Ashlyn's school, the other lane was completely stopped (I have to pull out onto the main road then make a u-turn to go back the other direction for her school) and a nice man from Blue Collar Joes was handing out donuts to the people stuck in traffic.
So the moral of this story is, you see a school bus, proceed with caution. Stop when its red lights are flashing, and slow down and be careful while driving near the bus. Children's lives are at stake when ignoramuses get impatient and can't wait the minute or two it takes for the children to load or unload the school bus. Now, not only was the impatient person late, possibly injured, I don't know, but this moron also made everyone heading from both directions late to their destinations as well.
I have no tolerance for people who drive erratically around a school bus. When we lived in Missouri, a 9 year old neighbor boy was hit and killed by an impatient driver while he was crossing the road in front of his own house to board his school bus. The person flew past the flashing lights and stop arm and didn't even slow down when she hit this child.
For more on the story, you can read it HERE
Reading one of the stories tells that the driver of the red truck was following the vehicle in front of him too closely....hmmm ya think? You know I've mentioned before what terrible tailgaters alot of Virginia drivers seem to be. I really wish the police officers would start cracking down on these dangerous drivers and issuing citations.
Also small discrepancy in the stories. This did not happen in front of Botetourt Commons. The bus was not stopped at a light. The bus was right before Botetourt Commons at our bus stop, stopped picking up a bus rider, my son.