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A new law could change some rules for bus drivers

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Posted: Jul 18, 2014 6:37 PM by Ambria Washington
Updated: Jul 18, 2014 6:37 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: new law, bus drivers, rural, routes

ZACHARY - A new legislative law could soon change the way bus drivers drop and pick up kids by not allowing any child to cross traffic lanes.

Pat Barthe has driven school buses for the last 30 years in Zachary and in East Baton Rouge parish before retiring and said it's one of the toughest jobs but thinks the law is a good idea.

"I had a 120 in the morning and 140 kids in the evening, and you have to be a mother, father and everything to them and make sure they get home safe"

The law would require school bus drivers to drop off and pick up each child on door side by not allowing any child to cross the street while catching the bus but some official said the law was not thought out especially for rural areas.

"Buses may have to go 3,4 or 5 miles before they can turn around and come to the other side, which of course will increase the cost for the school districts because its more mileage and more fuel," said Greg Gavins, First Student Manager for East Baton Rouge.

Kerri Higgins, parent of two elementary school childen, said the money can be spent in better ways especially for Zachary since the students already have people to walk them to the bus.

"It's going to add to the time the students stay on the bus," said Higgins. "They already spend an hour on the bus in the morning and and afternoons its just unecessarily legislation in Zachary."

The Attorney General hasn't commented on the new law, and there is still discussion on when to implement it in some school districts.

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