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Recent incidents leave local parents, officials concerned about school bus safety

Posted at 5:04 PM, Nov 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-01 14:18:11-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - For the 5th time in three days a driver has hit school children at a bus stop this time in Tampa sending three children and two adults to the hospital.

One of those five accidents happened right here in Tallahassee on Tuscan Hill Drive and Ox Bottom Road Wednesday.

The child in that case, was sent to the hospital but has been released.

Recent incidents have left parents and officials on high alert. 

"Every superintendent worst fear is heaven for bid a child is injured at a bus stop," said Rocky Hanna Superintendent of Leon County Schools. 

Joycelyn Lewis, the mother of a Leon County student, said she's worried every time her daughter leaves for school. 

While there is no way to prevent all crashes, Officer Damon Miller of the Tallahassee Police Department said they do their best daily to make sure the road ways are safe near bus stops. 

"Everyday we are out there as far as going out to school zones to make sure you stay below 20 miles per hour or below but also making sure that kids can get on the buses safely," said Miller. 

There are strict laws for drivers near school buses and for those driving buses, they too are held to the same driving standards. 

"No one is above any traffic laws here in the city of Tallahassee. If a dump truck driver is speeding, a school bus driver is speeding they are susceptible to getting a traffic violation as well," said Miller. 

"We do the best we can training our bus drivers on how to protect our kids. Safety is always our top priority," said Hanna. 

Miller said that getting rid of distractions near school bus zones is the best way to prevent crashes.