A few days ago, while we were running an advanced driving course in Albany, NY, we saw a bus stop in the second lane from the curb to let people get off, and it was horrifying to watch. Fortunately, no vehicles came.
There are times in various states when one can see buses stop, well away from the curb, to let people alight, and the danger from vehicles then passing the bus on the right-hand side is very obvious.
This is also a key element in a scary video posted by the Norwich City School District, also in New York State, yesterday (May 7. 2019), and linked below.
Here are the remaining photographs from the CDTA sequence, with those showing little children being particularly concerning. (Click on the smaller images to enlarge.)
The lady driver on the school bus clip (via Facebook), below, certainly did a great job in stopping the young man from getting off into the path of the car that was illegally passing while the bus stop lights undoubtedly were stopping, but most school buses don’t have stop arms or signs on their right-hand side, and even if they do, can there be any good reason for a bus stopping so far from the safety of the curb?
On the Facebook page for Norwich City School District, we asked about the asphalt that’s visible in the above video clip. On May 14, they replied:
And our reply:
Eddie Wren – Norwich City School District ‘I agree entirely. I asked because all that can be seen from inside the bus is asphalt (no shoulder- or lane-lines). But doesn’t this suggest that pulling the bus part way onto the shoulder to let children embark and alight would make such dangerous incidents less likely in the future? That must surely be an important issue in light of this incident.’
So that is the question we wish to pose in this post: What good reason can there possibly be for allowing buses (of any type) to stop away from the safety of the curb, or for school buses not to go at least part-way onto the shoulder to make incidents like this much less likely?
The moral of the tale, for good drivers, is that if you are in the right-hand lane and there is a bus or a school bus stopped in the lane to your left, please be very aware that, no matter how unwise, people may be obliged to get off at that location.
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