Keeping the children safe

Most people can probably agree nothing is more important than keeping children safe. But the way some drivers behave, you wouldn’t think so.

Mind you, every driver has periods of inattention. We all have times while driving of being largely unaware of what’s going on, apart from staying between the lines.

The mind wanders. You don’t see things.

One of the things you might not see is a school bus stopped on the other side of the road, with red lights flashing. Let’s give drivers the benefit of the doubt and say that most of the ones who fail to stop in that situation aren’t doing it because they don’t care. Or that they don’t know what those flashing lights mean. They just don’t realize what’s happening until it’s too late. They aren’t deliberate lawbreakers, in other words.

Maybe some are, but it doesn’t really matter. What matters is keeping kids safe, and those close calls keep happening.

Ask any school bus driver. They’re all scared to death one of those close calls they’ve all experienced is going to be a fatal one.

So, as you’ll read elsewhere in this edition of your local newspaper, a log truck blew past a loading school bus recently near Slave Lake. Nobody got hit, this time.

It happens in town, too. ‘All the time,’ according to one bus driver we spoke to.

That same driver told us she saw one of the tickets get tossed out in court because although there was video evidence, it was a company vehicle, and the judge said there was no proof the owner of the company was at the wheel.

What kind of deterrent is that?

When the safety of children is at stake, there need to be serious consequences. Any driver who endangers the lives of children should be getting more than their knuckles rapped.

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