Some feel speeding Marshall Co. bus driver needs greater punishment

Published: Apr. 14, 2016 at 9:25 PM CDT|Updated: May. 12, 2016 at 9:49 PM CDT
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MARSHALL COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - Some parents are surprised to know a Marshall County bus driver still has a job after being ticketed for speeding in a school zone.

The substitute driver was caught going twice the speed limit with a busload of kids in a school zone. Superintendent Cindy Wigley explained the incident in an interview on Thursday morning, but several people felt the driver needed more than a first-offense warning.

Read: Bus driver in Marshall Co. receives warning for speeding in school zone

Bus driver in Marshall Co. receives warning for speeding in school zone

"It's about stupid," says resident Jamie Smith.

Residents, much like Smith, are having a hard time grasping why a bus driver would be traveling at twice the speed limit through a school zone.

"Children could get killed. I think they should be ticketed or took to jail, because I wouldn't want them to do it to you know with my grandchildren out there or children," says Barbara Shuman.

Arab police said one of their officers issued a written warning to a bus driver Tuesday morning for speeding violations in the Bridlee Mountain Middle School zone during the morning d rop off period. School officials added the driver was a substitute that didn't know the area and that it was documented as a first offense.

But some feel the punishment doesn't fit the danger of the offense.

"That's very dangerous.  Why would they do 50 miles an hour with a bus load of children which could be harmful to them. I don't think they should let them drive the bus period, anymore at all," said Shuman.

And David Cofield added, "He would be hunting him another job if my kids was on it."

Arab Police Chief Ed Ralston said on Wednesday their message is not to speed in school zones, because it is just too dangerous.

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