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Bus driver training goes beyond driving the bus

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The responsibility of a bus driver goes beyond just driving the bus. The responsibility of a bus driver goes beyond just driving the bus.
ATHENS, AL (WAFF) -

They are trained to take our kids to and from school during the week, but what kind of training do bus drivers receive when it comes to keeping them safe?

The responsibility of a bus driver goes beyond just driving the bus.  

"They are watching traffic in all the mirrors, they are taking care and making sure the lights are working, they are counting kids as they get on the bus and as they cross the roads, they have specific things they are supposed to do at all times," said Darryl Adam, transportation director for Limestone County Schools.   

In light of the shooting that left a Midland City bus driver dead and a student held hostage, Adams said awareness among bus drivers is at an all time high.

"Of course, with the shootings and the type things that we are dealing with today, it changes the focus and it's a sad state of affairs," he said.  "The most dangerous part of any of our transportation rides is when the bus is stopped and children are loading and unloading.  So for obvious reasons we want to make that stop as short as possible and as safe as possible." 

Adams said part of the training before is how to deal with outside interruptions. 

"The bus drivers understand that if they are ever approached by an aggressive individual, to simply close the door, get the students on the bus and drive away and make a report when you get away from the problem. We're just going to protect the children and do the best we can with that and if we're overprotective sometimes, that's fine," he said.

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