Do what your heart tells you to do (safety to kids in a bus might be one way of looking at that). But beware this kind of FOO... my last venture here as regards real world did not turn out well. :)
I finally decided to e-mail the principal with an account of what happened.
No good deed goes unpunished, so we'll see what happens...
If my child were on a bus being driven in such a careless manor or with a careless driver I would be infinitely grateful if someone took the time from their life to make it known to me.
You did the right thing by reporting it, perhaps it was just an unfortunate accident, but maybe the driver has a poor driving record.
The fact the driver didn't stop makes me suspicious that the driver may be a repeat offender.
Keep the kids safe!
That kind of driving can be indicative of drugs so you certainly did the right thing by reporting it. So that leaves the question of who do you report it to...
I live in the UK and things are somewhat different here (no dedicated school buses for starters) but I'd probably have opted for reporting the incident to the police. They have so many forms to fill in and boxes to tick that they would have no alternative but to investigate thoroughly - probably too thoroughly.
After reporting something like this, the likelihood is that no action will ultimately be taken, but you'd feel pretty bad if there was a serious accident some time later - you'd be left wondering if you could have prevented it.
|Common sense would dictate that the driver would give the white car driver a few seconds to speed up and get past the bus or slow down and let him change lanes. |
Might have lost him them in a blind spot. The closer a car gets to the front of the bus the less likely that the driver can see them easily. It's a blind spot and it's much worse on the right. That's why they have those large convex mirrors on large trucks.
If you are going to pass a truck or bus always pass on the left and don't waste any time getting by them assuming that it's not congested.
This of course assumes US roads, if you drive on the wrong side of the road in your country it would be reversed :P
I didn't notice in this case, but I think most school buses these days have convex mirrors as well.
Regardless, it's exactly because of that blind spot that the bus driver should have waited several seconds before starting to merge into the lane. Luckily, he didn't zoom into the lane on top of the car like he zoomed back into the lane in front of the truck later on.
|bus driver's gratuitous lane changes after the accident make me feel that this may be indicative of a larger problem. |
With unemployment so high there is NO excuse for such a poor driver in that high a risk to life position. It's likely the students warned the driver too. Potential witnesses. Some buses video every action. File a police and school report. It's likely traffic light cameras recorded the white car's license and damage too!
If it appear the school is dragging their feet DO NOT set phasers on stun! Go for kill! Contact other agencies (Board of Education and state Department Motor Vehicles). Bring it up at public Board of Education meetings too.
I'm a father of a 25 year old who once was bussed and an uncle to a 12 year old niece now being bussed.
I'm not trying to say the bus driver wasn't in the wrong, I've had plenty of encounters with very bad school bus drivers. It's a part time job with low pay at least in my area, it's not a job that attracts more qualified drivers with a lot of experience.
They'll have those convex mirrors too. What I'm saying is if the traffic wasn't congested and the driver of the car was loitering in that area going the same speed they contributed to the accident.
When you're driving in a truck you're constantly checking those mirrors and movement in them, you need to be aware of the traffic around you. What happens if someone is traveling in that area for a while you might lose track of them. You don't see any movement in the mirrors for a long time and you get the sense no one is there. You don't see anyone in the large mirror and if you don't check convex mirror you'll never know they are there. I've had this happen to me plenty of times only to find out there is a car next to me when I looked in convex mirror.
Where we are, I'm pretty sure if you formally report an accident of a bus driver that it will be followed up on. I'd give the police a call and report it. You don't need the other car's backing.
I wouldn't bother normally, but a school bus is a different story. You almost certainly witnessed an isolated example of a trend.
No response yet from the principal. I also sent the same message on the school's Contact Us form. If no response by tomorrow, will also escalate it to the school board.
I would have reported it. As has been pointed out several times, school bus drivers are responsible for the safety of children. They're not exactly hauling side beef cross country. Being too careful doesn't even enter the picture here.
You're doing the right thing LIA.
I knew you would :) :)
Finally got a response back from the principal. She thanked me for letting her know about the incident and said that she has passed the information on to the town, which funds the buses.
No mention about "we take safety seriously" or anything like that, and the response was rather curt. Maybe the curtness was just due to responding through her Blackberry?
Not sure if the buck has just been passed into a bureaucratic black hole...
I would have beat the drivers ass and said "slow the f--k down or next time im really going to beat your ass"..."have a nice day"
Let the local PTA know of this driver's recent indecent.
I'd consider a letter to the editor, too, as the parents of the kids on that bus should be aware of the situation.
Update- got a call last night from the driver of the white car. (It was a welcome change from the dozens of political robo-calls we've been getting, but that's a different rant...)
She said she filed a police report- they said they can't do much without a witness or information about the bus. Then she contacted the bus company- they denied any of their buses were involved in an accident. Finally, she contacted the school- they gave her my phone number and a copy of the letter I submitted.
She just moved to the area and it was a rental car (with a huge deductible, so the repair is coming directly out of her pocket). So she was thrilled that a witness had come forward so she can now go back to the bus company and police and push for a favorable resolution.
Oh, she said the bus company told her that they had "hundreds of buses" so there was no way to know which one it might have been. Yeah, right- the school doesn't even have hundreds of students!
So I feel much better now about deciding to do something instead of just letting the matter slide, as it looks like it may actually have made a difference.
Nice thing about email in this kind of situation, how it's dated and time-stamped...
Doing the right thing is never easy.. and rarely are you thanked for it.
As a parent... Thanks to you!
Sounds like the lady in the car is grateful too.
Your community is lucky to have you.
Imagine next time that the `driver' is someone on a push-bike rather than a car. Broken wing-mirrors are one thing, broken humans are something else.
Well done for getting involved.
Actually, I usually bicycle to work along that road instead of driving. So yes, that was certainly part of my imagination and a major influence in deciding to do something.