School’s back in session in many parts of the country and the school buses are back on the roads. The law requires that motorists stop in both directions when the bus stops to load or discharge students. As I watch the children getting off, it seems that most of them are too trusting. They don’t look in both directions. They blindly trust that the cars are stopping. Most are, but it takes only one fool to create a tragedy. I’ve seen many of them as a reporter with WSB-Television in Atlanta. It should be the responsibility of parents, teachers and bus drivers to impress on students that they can’t rely on all motorists stopping. It’s like a traffic signal: when a light turns green and the light in the cross street changes to red, the motorist with the green light should not assume that the other driver is stopping until he or she does. ..nor should students step trustingly into the street without checking traffic for themselves. There may a fool headed in their direction.
School buses, children and fools