‘We Fear for the Worst’ – Diversified Pleads for Safety Around School Buses
Prince George, B.C. – With the start of the school year just two days away the company contracted to drive roughly 4,500 students to school in the Prince George School District is reminding drivers to be careful around school buses
Luis Gonzalez is the operations manager with Diversified Transportation and says drivers continue to pass his buses.
“It’s still happening. We really fear for the worst and I would like to address that by saying to be mindful that every time the (school bus) door opens, the red lights go on,” he says.
“And even though there’s a chance that somebody might not be crossing the street, there’s also a big chance somebody will be. So for safety stop your cars. It’s our community, it’s our children and it takes 20 seconds.”
Gonzalez says the biggest problem spot by far is the Southridge area in College Heights where they had over 200 incidents last year.
“It’s not just automobiles. Sometimes we’ve even had semi-trucks passing and this is something that the community should be aware of and work on as a community.”
He says it’s difficult sometimes for drivers to identify who these motorists are because their first priority is to ensure the safety of the children.
“The driver strives to get a license plate number while screaming or holding the kids, trying to make sure that they are safe. So there’s a lot of fear.”
As for things Diversified can control, Gonzalez says a lot of work is done throughout the year to ensure safety on their end.
“We do have a year round maintenance program,”he says.
“We bring in our buses every six weeks. We also have spares so if there’s an issue with a bus the driver can come in, take a spare and get the work done.”