Texting bus driver suspended after student sees dangerous act

While the following story is a tad old, it still offers some insight into the world of distracted driving. According to the story, a school bus driver in the Boston area was suspended after using a cell phone while operating the school bus. A student aboard the bus reported the driver’s dangerous act, and the bus contractor associated with the driver will investigate the matter.

According to the student, the bus driver checked his or her cell phone while the bus slowly approached an intersection with a red light. When the light turned green, the bus driver started driving, but put away the cell phone. Even though that may sound like an “acceptable” texting while driving incident (as if texting while driving is ever acceptable), consider that a spokesperson admitted the driver was operating a bus headed for a school that had students from kindergarten to 8th grade. These were young kids, put in the hands of a bus driver who found a text message more important than the safety of everyone on board.

It’s a sad story, even though no accident occurred and no one was hurt. It is a reminder that cell phones have become so ingrained in our society — so absorbing and alluring — that perfectly sane and reasonable people choose to use these cell phones while operating a motor vehicle.

Hopefully this will stop someday soon, either by force (a new law or program) or by choice. But in the meantime, we just have to make safe, responsible decisions when we drive. If you don’t, you could be held liable in the wake of a distracted driver accident.

Source: Associated Press, “Boston school bus driver reportedly texting,” Sept. 25, 2013