Is Your Child Safe at the School Bus Stop?

September 13, 2013

Law

Because of Daylight Saving Time, students at the beginning of the school year generally head to the bus stop in near or total darkness.

A Cape Coral, Florida Councilman put forth a proposal two years ago that will build streetlights at every school bus stop in the city because four accidents resulted in three dead children and one that is permanently maimed.

He also hopes that it will catch on statewide, and if he is successful in securing the necessary grant money, he will realize that ambition. His work has already raised the percentage of streetlight-lit bus stops from 17 to 52, and his mission is to continue until it reaches 100 percent.

Similar Problems in Texas

As with anything of this sort, there have been roadblocks, such as stonewalling school districts unwilling to spend the money, people opposed to paying more taxes for any reason, and a “business as usual” attitude unwilling to change the status quo.

In fact, a Texas woman spearheading a similar fight in Texas encountered the same problems when she wanted an unsafe bridge across which high-school students had to walk, improved with sidewalks and guardrails.

Despite the bad publicity of several accidents, the district did nothing until she circumvented the chain of command and started rattling sabers higher up. Both she and the Florida Councilman stress that you have to involve as many people as possible because it’s harder to ignore an angry group than it is a single person.

What Can Be Done?

Along with a New York member of Safety Rules, the two activists suggest that parents get involved by asking questions of the local Department of Transportation, such as accident and traffic-flow data about a bus stop they deem unsafe.

They also note that dangerous situations sometimes do not arise until an accident or near-miss occurs. For example, a bus stop where the children have to cross the street relies on three groups of people who must follow safety procedures:

  • The bus driver

  • The children

  • The drivers of oncoming traffic.

At one such location in New York, improved signage was installed after a child was injured. At others, bus stops were moved so that children no longer had to cross the street. In Texas, however, improved signage proved inadequate as there were several incidents arising from driver error. Now, the Texas district’s policy is to stop at every door.

Call Today for a Free Case Evaluation!

If you have a child who has been injured at a school bus stop, a car accident lawyer might be able to help. Call Abrahamson & Uiterwyk today for a free consultation. The phone number is (727)-217-5977.

 

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