A Florida school bus driver who was texting while driving a bus filled with middle school students is now suspended. One of the students who is uncomfortable with the driver's alleged habit of swearing, used her cell phone to video taped the driver hoping to catch her using foul language. What she did catch was disturbingly shocking and it had nothing to do with language, according to ABC News on Sept. 20.
The cell phone video shows the driver texting with one hand and looking down at her cell phone, with one hand on the wheel. Twice within a few minutes, the driver swerved into traffic. At one point she is seen quickly returning both hands to the steering wheel and jerking the wheel quickly, as if she was too far out in the other lane.
Venus Cotto-Silva's daughter, who is in eighth grade captured the video last week and showed it to her mother. Cotto-Silva was shocked and shared the video with school officials, who called the video "a violation of policy." They did however take what they witnessed from the tape very seriously and suspended the unnamed driver.
Florida law prohibiting texting behind the wheel doesn't go into effect until October 1, but this was a violation of the school system's policy. The school district released a statement:
“Clearly the driver is looking at her cellphone. That’s a dangerous distraction for any driver, but the potential danger is greater when you have a bus full of children.”
The picture above shows just how distracted the school bus driver is while carting around a bus-load of kids. It could be that little girl catching the bus driver in the act, could have saved lives down the line. This is a very dangerous activity while driving.