Ticket bad school bus drivers


This letter appeared in the Advocate (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) on 2 January 1996.

This item may be cited as M. R. Franks, Letter to the Editor: Ticket bad school bus drivers, Baton Rouge Advocate, January 2, 1996, at 8B.

Copyright © 1996, M. R. Franks

Dear Editor:

Traffic laws regulating school zones are meant to safeguard our community's most valuable resource - our children. Any motorist who drives recklessly in a school zone needs consequences.

As a parent of two schoolchildren, I call upon our police to begin ticketing some of the most flagrant school-zone violators: inconsiderate school bus drivers who by their driving habits give even the careful bus drivers a bad name.

Indeed, if the motoring public is to respect school zones, it is the school bus drivers themselves who must set the example. (Ever wonder where bad teen drivers learn it? As preteens, their driving role models are none other than our parish's school bus drivers.) Yet how many school bus drivers roar through 20-mph zones as if they owned them? Or tailgate? Or cut in front of cars as if the right-of-way laws just aren't meant for them?

Shouldn't Chief Greg Phares' New Year's resolutions include a long-overdue crackdown on the most offensive school-zone violators - before a child is killed?

M. R. Franks
2 Swan St.
Baton Rouge

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