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Bus drivers: Close calls at bus stops too common

Bus drivers: Close calls at bus stops too common

Texting, cell phones, other distractions often to blame

November 22nd, 2010 in News

After avoiding a potential tragedy last week, school transportation officials hope the public takes note of safety issues when students get on and off buses.

Lavonda Murray, location safety manager for First Student in Jefferson City, said <!-- bus drivers see this sort of driving behavior every day.

"We see people distracted by talking on their cell phones, texting and other things," she said. "When you're doing something else, it's very easy to run a stop arm."

Murray said -->they instruct the children that when they get off the bus to make eye contact with the bus driver. The bus driver will check his or her mirrors and out the windows. When the driver believes it is safe, the child will be given a thumbs up to tell them it's safe to cross.