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Please Watch Out for the School Bus

Please watch out for school children and the school bus.

As a parent, it is hard to send a little one out into life, where their health and safety so often depends on strangers.

It is hard because, as an adult, I know there really are self-involved, careless, reckless people in this world. There are lots of good people too, but it only takes one person and one moment to cause a catastrophe. 

Imagine my horror last spring...after the school bus had been on our street at the same time every day for months on end...a car pulled out of a driveway right in front of my child's oncoming school bus. If the bus hadn't jammed on the brakes hard and fast,  the car would have hit the bus. It was clear, it was obvious. The car pulled out of a driveway, right in front of a clearly visable oncoming bus (I could see it coming half a block farther downhill from the driveway in question). Then they just went on without so much as a moment of hesitation or a second glance. 

Imagine my disgust when the same car, in the same driveway, just this morning, nearly backed broadside into school bus again - then had the vile audacity to honk their horn as if something had happened to them (as opposed to them nearly causing an accident involving school children - twice).

I don't care how sleepy, angry, stressed, hurried, or late you are. I don't care who you are, where you live or what your situation might be - there is no excuse on the face of the Earth to put a school bus at risk. Traffic laws are laws for a reason. I follow them. I expect you to follow them too.

Every vehicle has a human life in it. School busses are filled with young, beloved, precious, irreplaceable lives, and the lives of their parents in there too.

White car on Blue Jay drive, you should be ashamed of yourself.

Everyone, please, watch out for school buses.

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