A 52-year-old Alachua County school bus driver, Georgia Merriex, was cited after reportedly running into a car. The Florida Highway Patrol reported that Merriex was headed to Fort Clarke Middle School when a car stopped in front of her bus. Merriex tried to change lanes to avoid the collision but could not stop in time. Only one child on the bus complained of injury, a mild neck pain. All the other children on the bus continued on the trip to school. The driver of the other car did report any injuries. Merriex was cited with careless driver.
Luckily, no one in this collision suffered any severe personal injuries. Hopefully, the one child who did complain of neck pain recovers swiftly. Highways and roads are dangerous places for children. Added to their inherent dangerousness, is the increased amount of traffic during morning and afternoon commutes. All automobile drivers should be aware of their surroundings while driving. Driver distraction should be minimized. School bus drivers have the added responsibility of ensuring safe transportation of every child under their supervision. School bus drivers should be extra cautious so as not to jeopardize the safety of children and others while operating school buses on our Florida roads and highways.
To read more about this accident see Alachua County School Bus Driver cited with Careless Driving.