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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Child Killed While School Bus Lights Flashed

**UPDATE 9/25/08: Worcester Police put two officer on the school bus stop today and ticketed two drivers that blew through the flashing red lights of the school bus. Thank you WPD!

I talked with WPD, Paul Clancy and Rep. Fresolo about this issue today.

Is that a headline that the City of Worcester needs to read in the local paper before they start listening to a concerned parent? I’ve contacted the Mayors office, my City Councilor, the Worcester Police Department multiple times regarding the possibility of just such a headline over and over again. Since May of last year, Worcester Police has sent just two patrols to watch this dangerous intersection where my baby girls exit the school bus. One patrol left before the girls were dropped off and the other went after a driver running the school bus red lights.

Grafton Street and Sunderland Road. Traffic is coming from three different stops that are double lane roads. Every single day drivers are blowing through the school bus lights and the slamming of the horn of the bus driver. In doing so, they are endangering my baby girls lives. I’m done being Mister nice guy and contacted local media such as WHDH Channel 7 in Boston and NECN. Enough is enough!

This is my family and my kids and I am pissed off with hearing excuses as to why the Worcester Police Department can not spend fifteen minutes of their time for the sake of the safety of not just my babies but my neighbors as well. All it would take is a focused point of attention to this issue a couple of days a week to patrol and protect a six year old child, an eight year old child, and two eleven year old kids from being run over while the flashing red lights of their school bus is dropping them off. I’m not the only parent at this school bus stop that is pissed off! According to the other parent at this stop, even calling the Principal at Worcester Arts Magnet is not enough to get help with this serious issue.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not pissed off at the local police officers that serve honorably, I just want them to focus fifteen minutes of their time where my kids could be killed. Is that to much to ask as a citizen of the city of Worcester? Or as a parent?

Make no mistake about it, if one of my children ends up in the hospital or God forbid in a casket because another motorist ignored the flashing red school bus lights, I will take legal action against the City of Worcester for ignoring my multiple complaints. This is an accident or death that can be prevented!


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Blogger Sprout said...

The sound of a school bus blowing it's horn at motorists who don't stop for it is a near daily occurance on front of my business on June Street.

It's a school bus - it's big, it's yellow - people! Pay attention!

I swear it's like school buses are invisible.

6:57 AM  
Blogger Papamoka said...

I feel your pain Sprout and live it every single day. Yesterday WPD bagged two people blowing the flashing red lights of my kids bus. Thank you Worcester Police!

7:19 AM  
Blogger Pink Granite said...

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In response to a suggestion from CascadingWaters, I created and posted a sign over on my blog.
Good luck!
- Lee

6:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your duty as a parent is to teach your kids how to cross a street. As dumb as that may sound.
Its your responsibility!
Don't expect the person driving to see everything.

12:29 PM  

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