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    School Bus Driver Caught Texting

    Check out this video:

    http://gma.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs...opstories.html

    Astounding- she's driving a bus full of kids and has her eyes off the road half the time.

    Texting while driving is supposed to be illegal in FL but bus drivers are exempt? Why, for heaven's sake?
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    It sounds like this "law" is somewhat lacking.

    http://www.bradenton.com/2013/09/20/...w-texting.html

    You can still legally text when your vehicle is stopped at a stop light, or dictate to your phone so it sends a text at anytime while driving. If a cop sees someone texting, they have to also see something else that gives them reasonable suspicion or probable cause before they can stop the driver, and then they can add on a 'texting while driving' ticket.

    http://www.**************/960004/scho...while-driving/

    Florida’s texting while driving ban will go into effect on October 1. However, the ban does not include bus drivers. Private companies and schools will be tasked with setting their own rules for bus drivers.

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    I don't see why any school bus driver should be needing to text while driving. They would have already checked in at the job and have their buses. They must want special status in case tickets to drivers affect licenses and their insurance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by txsvicki View Post
    I don't see why any school bus driver should be needing to text while driving. They would have already checked in at the job and have their buses. They must want special status in case tickets to drivers affect licenses and their insurance.
    She was probably talking to one of her kids or husband about what to have for dinner. Assuming of course she made it home alive while doing so..
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    I think I read that Oct 1 it does become illegal to text or read an electronic device in Florida.

    However saying that what about the people who read newspapers and books placed on steering wheel, that too should be illegal. Seen a lady doing that yesterday swerving all over the road.

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    What is the deal with people needing a law to tell them you can't read phones, books, newspapers, whatever other mess while driving. I thought it was pretty clear that driving should occupy all of your attention. Now, if you're not driving a bus full of kids, I can see sending a quick text if you're stopped at a really long light (but since she should supervise the kids, she should be plenty busy). But, otherwise, it just has to wait. I've sent the 'I'm driving' text while stopped at a light, but I only do that if it's going to be a long time before I can deal with my phone. I'm not getting into a wreck because i was fascinated with some shiny object in my car.

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    In Michigan we have Kelsey's Law. Drivers with a level one or two driver's license must not text while driving. The Law is named after Kelsey Raffaele, from the City I reside in. She is a teen who lost her life, from an accident caused by texting and driving. She was 17.

    I believe we should all put our phones "in park" while driving. Most especially those with a CDL (truck drivers and bus operators).
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    Read about Kelsey's Law here: http://www.michigan.gov/msp/0,4643,7...7805--,00.html
    Last edited by psyquestor; 09-20-2013 at 08:48 PM. Reason: added link

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    Why the heck would bus drivers be exempt???!!!

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    no one should even be attempting to text or talk on a phone while driving

    there is absolutely no phonecall or message that cannot wait until the car is in park

    it's illegal here and it should be illegal everywhere, regardless of type of vehicle

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    I can say that I wasn't surprised when I saw this video. But I will say this - and its words to the wise - "YOU NEVER KNOW WHO"S WATCHING!"

    The one thing I keep thinking when hearing (and seeing) all these people that HAVE TO text while driving is this - kinda gives a new meaning to "multi-tasking" now don't it? I mean every job description you read nowadays says "needs to be able to multi-task"!

    I still say that our society today is loosing "common sense" at an alarming rate! And THAT is scary.



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    That is really dangerous.




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    IMO texting and/or talking on the phone while driving should be illegal, period--across the board. I finally bought my 1st cell phone after being in a wreck (in which the other driver ran a red and almost killed me); I wanted a phone so I could make a call from the ER if, God forbid, it was ever necessary again. I often wear my bluetooth while driving just in case I get in trouble & need to call a friend or the cops in an emergency; but I don't even answer calls if my vehicle's moving. I've been sober 30+ yrs. & frankly, don't see much difference between driving after a few drinks or tokes & driving while messing around on a cell phone. JMHO.
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    I have only texted a few times, but I was on a one way street and caught at a long, long light (I drove this a lot. But, I didn't hold a conversation because I was DRIVING. Even though I was stopped and all the cars around me were, too and no one could do anything whatsoever until we finally got green (and you could watch it cycle). Once, sitting at that light, I watched a goodly portion of a movie playing in the van in front of me.

    I'm just saying people who don't have enough sense to look at the road while driving a car probably don't need to be driving a car. Another law, which pass away it won't affect me I have moved and don't deal with that light anymore and I don't text and drive, is not going to make people exercise their common sense.

    I have also been hit by people not paying attention. The girl was reading, I kid you not, her paycheck.

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    Not to diminish the dangers of texting while driving, but in some ways, texting is (poison) icing on the cake. A very big, bad dose of poison.

    With the number of drivers who are
    - under the influence of alcohol
    - high on OTC drugs
    - high on Rx drugs
    - high on illegal drugs
    - overly mellow on OTC drugs
    - overly mellow on Rx drugs
    - overly mellow on non Rx drugs
    - rehearsing their 'elevator speech' for a promotion or raise
    - distracted by domestic difficulties
    - searching for another radio station after the obnoxious car dealer ad starts
    - concerned about a tot trying to Houdini out of the infant seat
    - consoling grade schooler who did not win the spelling bee
    - slipping a DVD into the player for backseat passenger
    - calculating whether the debit card will be declined at the gas pump
    - keying an address into the dashboard GPS
    - applying makeup or touching up nail polish
    - pulling brush across top of head to enhance the combover
    - reminiscing about old high school flame
    - regretting loss of temper at the last dept meeting
    - on Bluetooth to explain why they'll be late to work
    - a combination of some or all the above,
    it's a miracle I can get to the grocery store and back,
    without being head-on'ed, T-boned, or rear-ended.

    On a business card-size paper, I printed the following in 1/2" letters "Taconic Parkway & Dairy Queen."

    "Taconic Parkway" reminds me, while driving, of the 2009 NY high speed, wrong way horror in which Diane Schuler killed 8 people, as many readers here recall.

    "Dairy Queen" refers to a fender-bender, decades ago, in which a uninsured beater van in the drive-through lane backed up and mashed my grill, bumper, front quarter, etc. It gathered astonishing speed in the single car length between us, as I sat reading the menu. Oblivious to van backing up in my direction, I failed to try to back out of harm's way. Fortunately little personal injury to me, none in van but a lot of nuisance in my car repair.

    These dashboard phrases about the NY tragedy and my personal accident
    remind me to focus on the road and the other drivers who are not (focused on the road).

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    I don't know what could be so important that it can't wait until she has finished her job for the day. She is carrying some very precious cargo, that can't be replaced, if something happened. If it is an emergency then pull over and text. I'm glad she got caught and no one was hurt.
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