School bus safety is a growing concern across the nation and right here in the Ohio Valley.
Last week in Indiana, three siblings, all younger than 10-years-old, were struck and killed while crossing the street to board their bus.
Since then, there have been significant accidents involving school buses, or boarding those buses, in places like Florida, Maryland and New York City.
Here in the Ohio Valley, Ohio County has taken measures to increase school bus safety.
However, one driver believes that these changes haven’t made students safer.
“When I started in this business, we only had four red warning lights,” said Randy McCardle, Shop Foreman and Substitute Bus Driver for Ohio County Schools. “We’ve added the amber warning lights to warn people we’re getting ready to stop. We’ve added the stop arms, we’ve got strobe LED lights now and none of it has made any difference.”
“People unfortunately still miss the school buses,” added Ohio County Sheriff Tom Howard. “They miss the stop signs. My deputies are actually still writing several citations. We’re still following buses on different routes. We’re sitting at their stops, catching people. School zones also, we’re writing tickets in school zones.”
The Ohio Valley was impacted by one of these accidents last April, when 26 Buckeye Local High School students were injured after their bus crashed into a tree along State Route 88, south of West Liberty.