Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Is Your School Bus Driver on the Phone?

If you were the superintendent of a school district and you found out that your school bus drivers were on their cell phones while driving the bus, what would you do? Would you discipline the driver? Perhaps you would enact a policy prohibiting the use of cell phones while driving the bus.

Is it safe to assume that the district board and superintendent have enough common sense and personal responsibility to address the situation? Fear not, the legislature is coming to the rescue! House Bill 4362 has been introduced to stop this foolish activity. The bill says:

"(1) The driver of a school bus shall not utilize a cellular telephone while the school bus is in motion or at any time when pupils are boarding or exiting the school bus. (2) A person who violates this section is responsible for a civil infraction and may be ordered to pay a civil fine of not more than $100.00. A civil infraction under this subsection shall be processed in the same manner as a civil infraction under the Michigan vehicle code."

Thank goodness, we have someone looking out for us in Lansing!

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