What if…

img_9330What would your excuse be?

“I didn’t know I was supposed to stop.”
The laws are out there for all of us to view, and easy to view with the technology available. Ripley County school buses are equipped as required for the safety of the passengers. Drivers are to STOP in BOTH directions when a bus is stopped – with red lights flashing and stop sign visible – for loading and unloading those passengers. That means, even with an additional lane, and even if the students are not crossing the lanes to the other side, ALL vehicles meeting and following the stopped bus must STOP. There are variations to consider, but those do not apply to Ripley County circumstances. We do not have divided roads/medians /4 or more lanes so it is a simple law to follow here. If a bus is stopped, all traffic must also stop. There are no exceptions.

“I was distracted by…”
We could all fill in that blank with various responses. Life does not limit distractions once we buckle up and start a vehicle. It is up to each driver to control them. We are the humans in charge behind the wheel, so we DO have control over inanimate objects like phones and radios and foods and beverages within that space. It’s a sign of competence to exercise that power so as not to jeopardize the safety of those within that vehicle or in its path.

“I was running late.”
Plan ahead. The times for the start and end of the school day are not secret. If a child dies or is injured due to rushing and ignoring laws, THEN it’s too late to plan, too late to learn the laws, too late to ignore distractions.

About Teresa Pearson Lee

Retired after 33 years of teaching English and French (one year in private school in Memphis, TN and the rest in public school in Doniphan, MO. Enjoying new adventures - all those things I put off for lack of time, energy, now I can try them! Pottery, writing, traveling, camping, kayaking, dancing, listening to some of the best live music ever, and making lively new friendships. All christened with an appreciation for great red wine! Created and operated KC's on the Current, then sold it and managed it for new owners. You might still find me at the reservation desk when spring rolls around. Born and raised in St. Louis, MO near The Hill. Though a transplant to Southeast Missouri, still a city gal at the core with a deep love of the natural resources in these Ozark foothills. Currently I am a content coordinator for Poplar Bluff Living Magazine and a columnist/stringer for the local weekly The Prospect News. My rescue Siamese helps with most of the proofreading; he has a great ear. I relish the solitude easily had in the Mark Twain Forest but thoroughly enjoy lively outings for music, wine, conversation close to home or in my beloved hometown. Technology is my greatest challenge but so worth the shared connections. There may be a need for solitude but there is little loneliness. The material in this blog written by Teresa Lee is her property and cannot be used without express written consent to do so.
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