Kids in Duval County and all over Florida will soon be headed back to school. That said, it might be a good idea for drivers to go back to school for a refresher course about safety rules regarding sharing the road with school buses and driving in school zones. It is estimated that over 50,000 drivers illegally drive by school buses each and every day. Since you don’t want the hefty ticket you’ll receive if you illegally pass a school bus, let alone injure a child, lets go over Florida’s school bus laws. Read the rest »
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Six children and three adults were injured in a Jacksonville accident when two school buses on their way to a summer camp collided on the highway. According to a WJAX-TV news report, the school bus accident occurred at Interstate 95 and 8th Street in Jacksonville. Officials say one bus was traveling in the fast lane on its way to the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens when it was rear-ended by another bus. The nine victims were taken to an area hospital. Read the rest »
Traveling by school bus is widely considered the safest way to transport your child to school. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 58 percent of student fatalities involve teen drivers, 23 percent of students killed in car accidents are traveling with an adult driver and only one percent of students killed are traveling by school bus. School buses are designed to be safe for students and they can often absorb a collision without causing much of a disturbance to the passengers. However, many of our school buses are old and are in need of inspections, repairs and replacement.
There have been a number of investigations lately regarding the age and quality of school bus tires. Some buses are carrying our children on tires that are more than 10 years old. Tire aging is a real problem and tire defects resulting from age are not easy to detect. When school bus tires reach a certain age, they can begin to break down from the inside. For this reason, tire manufacturers warn that tires should be replaced after 10 years. Many safety experts say, however, that a tire should be replaced after six years, regardless of the appearance. Read the rest »
Two children were recently injured after a Cape Coral school bus they were occupants in was struck by a U-haul truck. Now their parents are asking why a driver with a long rap sheet that included several drug-related charges was allowed to rent a commercial truck in the first place.
Cape Coral Police reported that a man ran a red light while driving a U-haul truck and smashed into a school bus at the intersection of SE 8th St. and Santa Barbara Blvd. Although no charges have been filed in the crash that occurred last month, police have indicated the driver of the U-haul may have been drinking before the accident. He was recently released from Lee Memorial Hospital. Read the rest »
It’s been a long journey home for one boy who was critically injured after the school bus he was riding in was struck by a semi truck on Okeechobee Road in western Fort Pierce on March 26. Ten students were taken to the hospital in serious or critical condition after the tragic school bus accident, and one student died in the impact.
This is the first time the honor roll student has been home since he was airlifted to St. Mary’s Medical Center. According to wptv.com, the 11-year-old was nearly brain dead after the Fl bus accident. Doctors had to remove part of his skull and he was placed in a medically-induced coma for three weeks while they worked to save his life. Read the rest »
Florida state Senator Oscar Braynon, wants to install cameras on school buses to catch violators who fail to obey school bus safety laws and fine them $200. A First Coast News investigation from Jacksonville followed a school bus and caught six drivers who sped past a stopped school bus during just three stops. One irate mother told the news channel she has watched her developmentally delayed son nearly get hit several times. She has complained to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office but never heard back.
If the proposal passes, the individual school districts would have to pay for the cameras, but ticket proceeds would cover the installation. The bill is SB 250. Read the rest »
A mother and her young child were injured and hospitalized after a wreck with a school bus early in the morning on January 5. It happened on the Eastside of Jacksonville when witnesses say the woman, driving a Dodge pickup truck, tried to pass the bus as it was stopped with flashing light to load students at the corner of Egner and 11th streets. When the bus began to pull forward, it collided with the pickup truck trying to pass on its left, which caused the pickup to overturn several times and come to a rest on its side in someone’s front yard.
The Jaws of Life were used to remove the mother and child through the roof. The students were on their way to Pinedale Elementary School and neither the students nor the bus driver were hurt, but the mother and child were hospitalized, though The Florida Times-Union says their injuries are not life-threatening. The child was reported to be in a child car seat. Read the rest »
Eleven students from a Lakeland elementary school along with two adults had to be hospitalized Monday, October 3, after a car collided with their school bus on South Florida Avenue and Fitzgerald Road in Polk County. There were 45 children on the bus from Scott Lake Elementary School ranging from kindergartners to fifth graders and the children injured received minor injuries according to the Polk County Fire and Rescue. The Florida school bus accident happened around 2:45 p.m. after the bus left the school. Witnesses said it appeared the bus crashed into a vehicle which led to a chain reaction involving four vehicles in all. This is reportedly the first time the 60-year-old bus driver had had any problems with Polk County public schools since he began working as a driver two years ago. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office will begin an internal investigation.
Let’s hope the children are okay. This crash was unusual in that in the three other bus-related crashes, a vehicle has crashed into a school bus. Read the rest »
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has denied a petition to require seat belts in school buses saying it would be too costly and school buses are already safe, reports Fair Warning. The petition had been filed by the Center for Auto Safety, a Washington, D.C. based auto safety group has been denied by the NHTSA. It’s estimated five children are killed in a school bus accident every year and another 14 are killed in school bus collisions with child pedestrians.
The school bus seat belt debate was ignited again in August 2010, when two school buses slammed into a pickup and another truck in Missouri, killing a 15-year-old girl and injuring 50 other students. In that crash seat belts might have helped prevent injuries. Read the rest »
A special needs bus traveling west on Interstate 4 Friday, July 9, hydroplaned and flipped over a guardrail after hitting a puddle. The bus hydroplaned across the westbound lanes before it hit the guardrail at the Winter Park exit, west of the Lee Road exit and then collided with a highway exit sign and a light post before flipping over. The bus was carrying a six-year-old girl and her custodian, a school employee, as well as the bus driver. Fortunately, no one was injured but the three inside had to crawl out of the emergency exit before first responders arrived. The bus was heading back to Lake County from a class in Orange County.
The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) tells WFTV-TV that the bus was hanging onto the guardrail by one tire and that getting caught on the guardrail may have kept the bus from sliding down an embankment. The westbound lanes of I-4 were shut down as a tow truck pulled the bus out. FHP will determine if the bus driver will face any changes. Read the rest »