Regarding the tragic deaths of the three children in Indiana, who were killed last month by a pickup truck as they crossed the road to board a bus — all school busses should be equipped with the same lighting as police, fire and ambulance vehicles. Lights should be on the front, top, sides and rear of buses so they can be seen a mile away. It’s painfully obvious that there is not enough lighting on the busses.
It’s also obvious people are not paying attention to what they are doing.
Just recently the car in front of me did not stop. I always stop at least 10 metres away from the bus, as should everyone.
Neil Bednarick, Windsor
My Viewpoint -
An excellent place for "Video" cameras coupled with the minimum fine of $1,000 plus permanent loss of ones vehicle for the first offense. Subsequent offenses should be jail time, starting at five years minimum with NO parole.
That should get the attention of even Bean Field's a'holes.
Bean Field Hospital -
All interesting points.
Just to note that in my travels throughout the Wolverine, Hoosier and Buckeye states that most school busses have flashing strobes (some yellow, most white) located usually on the back end of the roof. Quite noticeable.
At the same time, it is the year 2018. There ain't no reason for a'hole to be blowing past a bus with lights flashing and stop sign sticking out on the side.
Just morons who are either texting (distracting driving) or too stupid to know better.
the busses go on a fixed route at set times , i think it would be easy to have unmarked police cars behind the bus , so they can radio ahead to marked cars with a description of the cars that dont stop for the lights
I would suspect that the visibility of the lights have next to no bearing on drivers ignoring them. What would happen when a driver ignores a perceived better light? I agree with Lakeside, that money, and the inconvenience of having driving privileges taken away for a substantial period of time, might be a better way to go.
Agreed, better signals are needed and are available. Strobing reds and yellows should do the job. Perhaps mounting them lower would be beneficial also as the top mounted position is out of the line of sight for most drivers most of the time.
I don’t think it’s poor lighting. Some drivers are not paying attention and some just don’t care. They need to increase enforcement coupled with increased fines. Money gets their attention, not lights.