Laws are being put into place everyday regarding texting and cell phone use while driving vehicles. Shouldn’t the same laws apply to school bus drivers?
Investigators in New Hampshire said a school bus driver involved in a crash earlier this month might have been downloading an app onto her phone before the crash. The crash in Nottingham, NH on February 3rd, sent three children to a hospital and led to criminal charges against the 28 year old bus driver. The driver gave three reasons why she crashed and the investigators where skeptical about her explanations. It was at that time they found she had been using her cell phone to download an app. She was charged with negligent driving and reckless conduct. Downloading the app caused her to be distracted and look away from the road.
New Hampshire already had a law banning texting while driving and passed a bill on March 5, 2014, banning the use of hand-held cell phones while driving.
Cell phone use while driving a school bus is something that everyone should put high on their safety list. From the state legislative down to the school districts, making sure that school bus drivers do not use their cell phones while driving is a priority in assuring that our students are safe while riding to and from school and school activities.