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Bill would create stopping requirements for school vans


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HARRISBURG, Pa. — The state’s driving laws for school buses would also apply to school vans under legislation set to be introduced in the House of Representatives, WHTM reports.

The bill, authored by Rep. Gary Williams, would require school van drivers to activate the vehicle’s four-way flashers at least 100 feet before stopping, or at least 300 feet when traveling more than 35 mph.

Other vehicles would not be permitted to pass the van when it is stopped to pick up or drop off children, or when the van has its four-way flashers activated.

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Before the politicians start passing more laws and further penalizing the motoring public an understanding of the school bus operation is required. Vans come in all shapes , sizes , and colors as well as no driver training requirements. I have been in student transportation for over forty years and have been amazed at the double standards of transporting students in vans vs. buses.School bus yellow was introduced due to it being deemed a very safety conscious color and the eight way light system was added because it created an even further attention to safety and student crossing presence.As the so called need for vans came into play it appeared these students lives were not as valuable as bus students.Pennsylvania has never required any standards to be maintained on student passenger safety concerning vans.Introducing this legislation with out a complete understanding of the problems and issues is unfotunately what we come to expect of our elected officials

Larry Markel    |    Jul 11, 2012 02:42 PM

Good intentions I am sure. I expect they are having many issues with this problem in their back yard or the legislators would not be involved. The many distracted drivers we have on the road today are the real problem. Put our gadgets down and keep both hands on the steering wheel and both eyes on the roadway. If we drop something - don't pick it up. It can wait. If we hear our phones ringing- don't answer them they to can wait. If we are hungry - we can eat when we reach our destinations that to can wait. If we are thirsty - well I guess any of the above happens we just need to pull off in to a safe spot and take care of our other needs so we can start concentrating on driving safely once we are READY TO DRIVE. Dan Luttrell

Dan Luttrell    |    Jul 11, 2012 06:16 AM

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