A few months back, I wrote a piece for OpenFile Halifax on drivers passing school buses while their red lights are flashing.
When the lights are flashing, kids are getting on or off the bus, so it’s obviously an extremely dangerous practice. In the video above, you’ll hear a school bus driver and manager talking about the problem, as well as a mother who watched as her son was nearly cut down by a car zooming past the bus. (Full disclosure: the mother and child are my partner and son.)
I was shocked when I first heard this was a problem, and I naively hoped it might get better. But I ran into Sharalyn Boudreau — she’s the bus driver in the video — last week, and she told me that the problem has become a lot worse. It boggles my mind. I just hope nobody gets killed.
I have a story at OpenFile Halifax today about the spate of drivers passing school buses while their red lights are flashing.
I was shocked when bus driver Sharalyn Boudreau first told me this was a problem, and even more shocked when I realized how prevalent it was.
My own son (who is in the piece) was nearly hit by a school bus a couple of years ago, but I thought it was a very rare and isolated incident. Apparently not.
Soon after I completed this piece, I was slowing down for a school bus on the St. Margaret’s Bay Road, near the Armdale Roundabout, when the car in front of me shot ahead and passed it as the red lights came on.
The story at OpenFile is an audio slideshow. I’ve also included a map of the worst areas in HRM, and a transcript of the audio.