Of in­con­sid­er­ate kids and slow buses

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND VOICES - Bruce Copeland, Columbia

There is no de­fense for break­ing the law to pass a school bus with dis­played stop in­di­ca­tors. How­ever there is a bla­tant provo­ca­tion com­mit­ted by the cul­ture sur­round­ing dis­ci­pline and the drivers (“School bus dan­ger ahead,” Sept. 13).

Chil­dren are not taught to “think of oth­ers” and get to and onto the bus quickly. I have seen a string of up to eight chil­dren, al­ready late to the bus stop, saunter to the load­ing point. This adds one to two min­utes for that load­ing while up to six or eight cars are stopped. Seven cars for two min­utes rep­re­sents 14 “man min­utes,” or a quar­ter of an hour of pro­duc­tiv­ity. Four such stops takes one man hour from peo­ple’s pro­duc­tiv­ity. All be­cause chil­dren are not en­joined to think of the peo­ple they are keep­ing wait­ing and to be on time and cour­te­ous.

Then the bus driver moves to the next stop, not al­low­ing the backed-up traf­fic time to pass while the bus is not load­ing. If the driver would pull to the shoul­der, the backed-up traf­fic could pass safely and drivers would not ex­pe­ri­ence the frus­tra­tion that goads them into pass­ing while the stop signs are out and flash­ing.

A lit­tle com­mon sense and cour­tesy would go a long way to­ward solv­ing these drivers’ frus­tra­tion and the chil­dren’s safety.

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