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July 08, 2014  |   Comments (7)   |   Post a comment

Louisiana state law may put more miles on school buses


BATON ROUGE, La. — The News-Star reports that a new state law that prohibits school bus drivers from loading or unloading students at school or near their homes in a way that would cause them to have to cross traffic lanes will cause many rural school districts to have to extend their bus routes.

Rep. Rob Shadoin told the newspaper that the law, which was intended to address safety problems in metropolitan areas, such as New Orleans and Baton Rouge, is having an unintended impact on all school districts across the state. School districts are concerned that the law, which will take effect in August, will cause them to double travel times on many routes, increase their budgets and inconvenience parents.

Sen. Mike Walsworth told The News-Star the vote to pass the bill was unanimous in the House of Representatives and the Senate. However, he added that legislators would ask for an attorney general’s opinion that could change the restrictions until the Legislature comes back into session and could reconsider the bill.

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This is the stupidest law on the granddaughter has to cross a two lane unapproved highway to get to the other side of the road. Once there she h as s to ws it on a two foot edge of the more step and she has a six foot drop pass by at fifty to sixty miles an hour. Last week a eighteen wheel stopped and the driver approached her.were it not for a vigilante neighbor we probably would be hunting for her body now.please please erase this very dangerous law soon

doug    |    Oct 07, 2014 12:58 PM

Sheila    |    Jul 11, 2014 07:09 PM

I am so glad this law went into effect. If it would have been in place in 2009 my nephew would not have lost his life. He would have been 11-years old today and we are still hurting from his lose. So to all those that don't like the new law, I hope and pray it does not hit your home.

Sheila    |    Jul 11, 2014 07:08 PM

One more thing -- if you have never had any experience in designing routes, you probably do not understand all that is involved. It is not as easy as it seems.

Edward    |    Jul 08, 2014 03:03 PM

I think many districts try to avoid such situations but there are times when it simply cannot be avoided. It is very expensive to operate school buses and care needs to be taken to keep costs down. Routes need to be designed for efficiency.

Edward    |    Jul 08, 2014 03:01 PM

If there are no turnarounds for a 7 mile stretch, perhaps some could be installed where needed. I'd think that there would be very such stretches of road that have no real estate available to the public good.

Bleu Boyd    |    Jul 08, 2014 02:32 PM

It might not be so bad. UPS drivers are prohibited from making right turns and this policy saves UPS something like 5% in their fuel expenses by reducing the time that the vehicle spends burning fuel without moving. If bus routs can be designed in such a way that the pick up and discharge points are always approached from the left of awaiting passenger positions by making a series of right turns, then there might be a net savings in fuel costs at the end of the day.

Bleu Boyd    |    Jul 08, 2014 02:27 PM

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