Driver who left child on bus gets license suspension

Posted on August 12, 2010

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J. — A substitute school bus driver who left a 5-year-old child asleep on a school bus in December 2008 will be prohibited from driving a bus for six months, according to a story on

The child later got off the bus and was found wandering the parking lot of a nearby high school in tears.

Driver John Dacres failed to conduct the required visual inspection of the bus' interior before leaving the vehicle, as was found in a summary judgment issued by Administrative Law Judge Jeff S. Masin last month.

Failure of a driver to perform a visual inspection of a school bus following a transportation route is punishable under New Jersey education law by a license suspension for a first offense.

Both Dacres and an aide assigned to the bus reportedly refused to answer the district transportation director's questions about the incident. But Judge Masin found that accounts of the teacher who discovered the child and others involved in the incident could not be disputed.

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Comments ( 7 )
  • jkraemer

     | about 8 years ago

    This missed procedure has nothing at all to do with laziness, intelligence or body size. Although would prefer basic questions answered concerning a missed procedure it remains lawful when under threat not to answer questions without a lawyer present, an intelligent response when the driver/aide are treated like criminals. The hostile workplace environment, and even exampled by some of the remarks school bus drivers make, would indicate it reasonable not to answer questions without a lawyer. To demonize our fellows over this missed procedure further aggravates this issue to a mob mentality and good reason to first have representation before answering any questions. Don't necessarily agree with gagging self but can understand it when considering the current workplace environment.

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