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September 16, 2010  |   Comments (15)   |   Post a comment

School bus driver fired after letting teens drive


EASTMAN, Ga. — A school bus driver for Dodge County Schools has been fired after she let two students drive her bus, WMAZ reports.

On the afternoon route last Wednesday, driver Patricia Cuda is alleged to have let two 15-year-old students drive the school bus while seven students were on board, according to Capt. Tony Winborn of the sheriff's department.

The school superintendent was notified of the incident by the transportation department head after receiving complaints from parents. The superintendent ordered Cuda grounded until the complaint could be investigated.

The next morning, Cuda admitted to letting the students drive the bus. The district attorney will determine if charges will be filed. Sheriff's officials say she could face seven counts of reckless conduct and two counts of letting an unlicensed person operate a vehicle, WMAZ reports.


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Tim Bentz    |    Sep 21, 2010 07:44 AM

Not unique. School bus drivers have done this in the past to their own peril. Pretty stupid decision.

Daniel    |    Sep 18, 2010 02:26 PM

Teenagers are the most unsafe drivers in the nation, and why this driver allowed two alleged passengers to get behind the wheel of this yellow tank on wheels is beyond comprehension. All of us are highly trained; the best trained drivers in the nation, and it's been driven deep into the roots of our souls that we're never, ever to allow any passenger to get behind that wheel. Being the most visible vehicles on the road, this is a prime example of how closely we're scrutinized by the public in general, and in contrast to other drivers on the road. We drive these big, massive, yellow vehicles with specific numbers at key locations around them, and the logo of the organization that owns the bus. We're basically telling everyone that if we make a mistake, just call the organization listed on this vehicle and give them our bus number, and let them know everything we didn't do right. By the time the investigation into this incident is over, the driver should lose their CDL, be required to speak before school students to explain why they cannot under any circumstances drive that school bus, and be restricted from ever driving a school bus again. This kind of punishment would be harsh enough for any driver, especially if the driver's entire heart and soul revolved around being in that drivers seat!

Kevin Byrom    |    Sep 18, 2010 09:56 AM

Plain and simple. Termination. Poor judgement. The chance that there could have been a real accident with one of these students behind the steering wheel of a commercial vehicle was a chance that driver should not have taken. An airline pilot doesn't come back and pick a few flyers out at random to come up and fly the plane. Maybe there are many of people who view a school bus driver as if just anybody can do this job. Have students killed and see just how a court room full of lawyers views this school system who hired that bus driver. Pending the outcome of the investigation, the action this specific driver took warrants termination without question what so ever. What law enforcement decides to do with them will be up to the law statutes. The employer has only one option here.

Daniel Luttrell    |    Sep 18, 2010 09:04 AM

Why would a bus driver want to take a chance like this? This person certainly has NO BUSINESS behind the wheel of a school bus. It`s people like this that give all bus drivers a bad name.

Ken L.    |    Sep 17, 2010 07:26 PM

My opinion as a driver trainer as well as a CDL examiner is that they need to throw the book at her. She needs to have her CDL pulled permanently. I hope the district and those parents file charges against her. She has no business in this profession. Definately she is no professional, and school bus drivers have enough "perceived" problems without having to deal with brainless dolts who just add to the problem.

Sharon Windus    |    Sep 17, 2010 04:57 PM

This person must not have been able to reason well. Why is she a driver? As a trainer I know you can't catch everything but you can tell when people just don't have the nack or the wits to become a driver. With that said I would not want to ever see her driving a bus again. EVER!

Sherry    |    Sep 17, 2010 07:11 AM

How can any one been so stupid. How would she had felt if her kids were on that bus and a driver did that. Our job is to keep our future safe.

Marla    |    Sep 17, 2010 05:18 AM

School Bus Drivers have enough problems with public image without someone endangering students.

Kathy    |    Sep 17, 2010 04:44 AM

Of all the libiliy issues and recent school bus accidents in our country that someone would be that ignorant to do something like that.

Bob M    |    Sep 17, 2010 03:54 AM

What in the world were you thinking? 15-year olds are not even allowed to drive a car in most states, unless it's for farm work. This was a Commercial Vehicle involving the most important commidity in the world - kids. In most states school bus drivers are required to have a certain amount of professional training. Dismissal from driving a school bus is well within reason.

Rog    |    Sep 17, 2010 02:01 AM


TONY    |    Sep 16, 2010 07:02 PM

I think she should be fired for this because she knew what she was doing was wrong and if there would have been an accident, who would have answered for that? What was she thinking?

Marsha    |    Sep 16, 2010 06:58 PM

although i see the seriousness of this incident..i cant help but many of you have had your kids ask to drive? and no i have never allowed them to...but im sure you have all had someone the ADULT you know to say no..commen sense...but still brings back memories...hope she learned her

nick    |    Sep 16, 2010 05:48 PM

what an idiot!

Pam    |    Sep 16, 2010 05:35 PM

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