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You can't talk on your cell phone and drive, especially if you're a school bus driver

Posted by on Mar. 20, 2013 at 6:12 PM
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School Bus Driver Suspended for Taking Phone Call

School bus drivers have to follow a strict set of rules in order to ensure the safety of the children on their vehicles. One of those rules for bus drivers in Broward County, Florida, is not to talk on the phone while driving the bus.

Driver Rossana Lucas was suspended for five days by the school board when video surveillance footage of her taking a phone call while driving a school bus surfaced. But the circumstances surrounding whom she was talking to and why she took the call are now part of her appeal to get the school board's decision overturned.

Lucas's son, Marine Michael Alfaro, called from Afghanistan, where he is currently deployed. Lucas had not heard from him in more than seven months and said that she knew in her heart that it was her son calling, and that is why she chose to answer the phone. Lucas said she also knew that if she did not answer, that Alfaro would have to wait another three to four months to call her again.

In addition to the phone call being from her son, when Lucas took the call, there were no children on the bus, and she was only a couple of blocks away from the parking lot. Lucas said she had no time to call dispatch in order to get permission to take the call, because the phone was already ringing.

Lucas said that her son had called just before Christmas to let her know that he was OK and to wish her a happy birthday. Her birthday is Dec. 10.

The school board has scheduled another hearing for Lucas's case on April 9, and there is some hope that the decision may be overturned, because Lucas has people in high places on her side. One of them is district superintendent Robert Runcie, who said that the circumstances warrant taking another look at the case.

Lucas has driven the school bus for seven years, and prior to this incident, she said, she has not been in trouble with the board once.

by on Mar. 20, 2013 at 6:12 PM
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canadianmom1974
by Gold Member on Mar. 20, 2013 at 6:49 PM
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1. "She knew in her heart" it was her son? Really?

2. She couldn't have pulled over the bus?

3. She hadn't heard from him in 7 months, but he called just before Christmas - 3 months ago. Which is it?

I do have sympathy for her wanting to talk to her son, but really she knew the rules. I don't think she needs to be fired, but a short suspension, or written warning in her hr file is not unwarranted.
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PestPatti
by on Mar. 20, 2013 at 7:04 PM
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  When my son was deployed my cell phone was always ON.  I told my priest, my boss and anyone else.  If he calls, I will answer it.  

  

kailu1835
by Ruby Member on Mar. 20, 2013 at 7:25 PM
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I voted no.  However, there were NO children on the bus, and she wasn't on her way to pick any up, so I think it was fine, although I'd like to know how she "knew in her heart" that it would be her son.

Veni.Vidi.Vici.
by on Mar. 20, 2013 at 7:44 PM


Quoting kailu1835:

I voted no.  However, there were NO children on the bus, and she wasn't on her way to pick any up, so I think it was fine, although I'd like to know how she "knew in her heart" that it would be her son.

Kids may not have been on the bus but there were surely other drivers on the road.

TruthSeeker.
by Milami on Mar. 20, 2013 at 8:17 PM
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 Hello. Pull over!! It's really that simple. Pull over and take the call.

UpSheRises
by Platinum Member on Mar. 20, 2013 at 8:43 PM
I don't think its that big of a deal.
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thatgirl70
by Bronze Member on Mar. 20, 2013 at 9:01 PM

I voted no as well (before reading) and since there were no children on the bus, it doesn't really bother me. I'm only concerned that she did pull over to talk to him (which if she didn't, it's still wrong).

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