School Bus Driver Urges Drivers to Be More Careful Around Buses

By Courtney Burris | cburris@krbc.tvg

Published 02/25 2014 06:18PM

Updated 02/25 2014 06:43PM

Two bus crashes in the past two days have one AISD school bus driver urging the public to be more careful when driving around school buses.

On Monday, an SUV crashed into an AISD bus near Abilene High School and on Tuesday morning, a driver crashed into the back of a CityLink bus. The driver involved in the CityLink bus was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Renee Braye has been driving AISD school buses for more than a decade. She thinks that in the past several years, she has seen more aggressive and distracted drivers.

She reminisced over good times she has had watching children that rode her bus grow up over the years, however, she says that sometimes her job is terrifying. "That's what scares us more than anything. We see our children getting off the bus, but we don't know if people are going to stop for them, and a lot of times they don't. Sometimes they don't even see them."

She says that she thinks that some people will do anything to avoid getting stuck behind a school bus, which often causes them to try to stop quickly.

Braye urges everyone to realize that even if you are in a hurry, when a school bus stops, that means children are around. If they were your children, Braye said, you would want others to stop as they exit the bus.

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