At the same time that a Distracted Driving Summit is being held in Washington, the actions of a school bus driver who was caught on camera text messaging while driving a busload of students came to light.
Students in the Broward School District in Florida took photos of their bus driver and sent them to the local TV station.
One parent said she had called the school district to report the texting driver but said the district did not call her back. One of the children said, “I’m shocked. It’s so irresponsible and negligent.”
A member of the School Board said that a driver caught using a cell phone is suspended for five days and is terminated on the second offense. The report said, however, that the driver cannot be suspended without the approval of the school board.
It seems like the school board should have a rule that any driver caught texting or using a cell phone while driving is immediately dismissed.
Washington State has two laws which regulate using a wireless communication device while driving:
RCW 46.61.667 USING A WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS DEVICE WHILE DRIVING
RCW 46.61.668 SENDING, READING, OR WRITING A TEXT MESSAGE WHILE DRIVING
If a commercial driver is involved in a motor vehicle accident due to distracted driving, the driver may be found criminally negligent. Any injured parties could file a civil suit seeking damages from both the driver and the company that he or she works for if it is known that the company ignored previous complaints.
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