Bus driver urges motorists to be careful

November 13, 2003

Dear Editor:

I am a Boyle County bus driver and need the help of Boyle County and Danville residents in delivering our students safely to and from school.

1. I start at 6:45 a.m and I can't see you if you don't turn on your headlights, especially in the early morning hours and inclement weather. My passengers are in danger !

2. Some of our roads are narrow and the big yellow monster doesn't operate very well in the grass or, even worse, in the ditch. Slow down and give us some room. My passengers are in danger !


3. When some drivers see the big yellow monster, their first thought is to get out of its way because its going too slow. Passing on a curve or double line puts my passengers in danger!

4. When I am getting ready (about 200 feet ahead) to pick up or let off a passenger I have four big, yellow flashing lights. When I am ready to stop, I have four big, red flashing lights. Sounds simple, but here we go again, got to get out of the way of that big yellow monster. To some, yellow means speed up, and red means I will stop next time. My passengers are in danger!

5. When I arrive or leave the school complex, it is a nightmare because there is no longer any traffic direction. Everyone's first priority again, is to get out of the way of that big yellow monster. My passengers are in danger!

My list could go on and on, but I believe you get the message. My passengers in danger are not just passengers, they are your/our children.

A bus driver's first priority is the safety of the students. A bus driver isn't perfect, but we do our best to reach that goal. All of us bus drivers appreciate all those that show us courtesy each and every day. The next time you see the big yellow monster look for the invisible sign written all over the bus, "Hi Mom, hi Dad, I am riding this bus today."

Chuck Feaster


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