It’s big, it’s yellow, it has red flashing lights, what part don’t you see?
Apr 26, 2012 | 714 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print

School buses vs. big trucks. Do they mix? Since the oil boom in Karnes County, there has been an overtaking of trucks ranging from gravel and vacuum to crude oil to trucks hauling pipes. Company pick-up trucks as well, don’t care how fast they drive! Or at least most of them.

At first companies hired drivers without checking to see if they had a class A CDL or if they were certified or trained to drive a truck. Since then, they might check to see if they have a class A CDL. But as far as training the drivers, I don’t know!

I drive a school bus in early morning hours, picking up kids when it is still dark. Even in the dark, still, the trucks just pass my red flashing lights, like I am in their way of getting where they need to go. I even had one truck driver raise his hands like saying “oops oh well”.

What is it going to take for them to slow down? The death of a child?

As I was getting ready to turn on a county road, a vacuum truck turned right in front of me, I had to hit my brakes! If I hadn’t slowed down because I was turning, it would have been a lot worse. That truck driver just did not want to get behind a bus, as he would have had to stop when I picked up kids.

Please trucks/pick-up drivers, please slow down. I know that you make your money by the trips you make but is it worth having a wreck and killing someone like a child or drivers of that bus? It is not worth it. Slow down and save a life.

We carry the next generation and our future on school buses. We have drivers from 30 plus years to drivers with a few years experience working for Student Transportation Specialist. This is from all the bus drivers at KCISD. Thank you for understanding.

Oh, about school bus vs. big trucks. Can they mix? Yes, we can share the road. Just slow down before it’s too late.

Mary Nixon

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