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RIDGE MANOR, FL – Eight people were injured in a crash involving a bus in Hernando County on Tuesday afternoon, local rescue officials said.

Hernando County Fire Rescue reported it was at the scene of the accident at the intersection of Cortez Boulevard and Treiman Boulevard in Ridge Manor.  Rescue crews arrived to find that a bus had collided with a pickup truck.

Multiple occupants of the bus were out walking around, and there were two severely injured occupants of the pickup truck, one of whom had to be extricated.

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MARION COUNTY, FL – The Florida Highway Patrol said a school bus accident in Marion County left four children injured last week.

WFTV reports details of the crash that occurred Friday afternoon on County Road 463 near SE 55th Place at about 3:06 p.m.

According to the FHP’s investigation, the 62-year-old driver of the school bus was going west when traffic ahead came to an abrupt stop.  The driver, an Ocala woman, attempted to avoid those cars by steering into a grassy area, where the bus overturned onto its left side.

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OCALA, FL – The Florida Highway Patrol said an SUV collided with a Marion County school bus on Tuesday, Ocala-News.com reports.

The vehicles were both headed west on State Road 40 when the crash happened at the intersection with SW 140th Avenue shortly before 5 p.m.

According to the FHP, the driver of the SUV stopped for traffic at the intersection but the driver of the school bus directly behind it could not stop in time and crashed into the back of the SUV.

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Senate Bill 766, a new law, allows school districts to install cameras on the outside of school buses to assist in reducing the number of people who pass buses with their stop arms raised.

The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office issued 26 traffic penalties last school year for people illegally passing school buses with stop signs displayed.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office issued 126 citations.

Due to these infractions, SB766 became a hot topic in some districts that wanted to implement it and increase safety for children on and off school buses.

Before the law was proposed, Brevard County’s public school system tested safety cams.

Untitled-design-52-200x300Bus drivers in the county average between 100 and 200 miles a day, depending on whether they also drive for the after-school program, according to reports. In this specific school system, which has over 70,000 kids, 21,000 are transported by buses.

By installing cameras on 10 of their buses during the 2022-2023 academic year, BCPS evaluated the idea that exterior cameras would be helpful as part of a pilot program with a business named Bus Patrol.

There were 5,361 violations issued throughout the duration of the experimental program last year, or around 3.8 violations per day.

According to reports, the district is committed to installing cameras on each of its school buses as a result of the pilot program’s success. The time frame of the installation of these cameras is unknown currently.

Florida School Bus Laws for Drivers

In Florida, passing a stopped school bus with the STOP arms raised and the red lights flashing will result in four points on your license, a minimum fine of $165, and the necessity to complete a basic driver improvement course. Passing on the side where kids enter and exit can cost you at least $265 in fines.

Florida has severe penalties for drivers who pass school buses and injure or kill someone else. These include a $1,500 fine, six points on your license, a year-long license suspension, 120 hours of community service in a trauma hospital setting, attendance at a victim impact panel meeting, and/or a driver improvement course. Continue reading

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PASCO COUNTY, FL – A collision involving a bus and a car on Interstate 75 in Pasco County left two people injured, reports WTSP.

The crash happened near State Road 56 early Friday morning at about 12:10 a.m.  According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the driver of a Pontiac lost control of the car while headed south on I-75.

The Pontiac struck a guardrail, was redirected back into a traffic, and collided with a Greyhound bus traveling south on I-75.  As a result of the impact, the bus went over the median, overturned and ended up in the northbound lanes of I-75.

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DUNNELLON, FL – The Florida Highway Patrol said a Marion County school bus was struck by a car on Monday afternoon.

A report by Ocala-News.com states that the accident happened in the area of US. Highway 41 and SW 86th Street in Dunnellon at about 4:20 p.m.

According to the FHP, a 41-year-old Naples woman was driving a sedan east on SW 86th Street when she crossed the center to avoid a disabled vehicle in the roadway.  The side of the woman’s sedan hit the driver’s side of the bus, which was carrying 43 students.

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CITRUS COUNTY, FL – Two people were hospitalized Wednesday afternoon after a multi-vehicle accident involving a school bus in Citrus County, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.

The incident happened along North Dunkenfield Avenue near the intersection with North Marion May at about 3:08 p.m.  According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a Chevrolet HHR was stopped in the northbound lane of North Dunkenfield at about the same time a Citrus County School District bus had stopped to make a turn at the intersection.

The FHP said the driver of a Dodge Caravan did not see that the Chevrolet had stopped in front of him and rear-ended the vehicle, causing it to hit the left side of the bus as it was turning.

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OCALA, FL – Students were injured after a serious school bus collision in Marion County on Wednesday reports WSVN.

The crash happened as the school bus driver was stopped with the lights activated to let students off near Ocala. As several students were exiting the bus, a 34-year-old driver in a tractor-trailer slammed into the bus.

A total of ten students were on the bus. Five were taken to the hospital, with two of the victims in serious condition.

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CITRUS HILLS, FL – A driver and one child were injured following a crash between a car and a school bus in Citrus County Tuesday afternoon.

According to the Citrus County Chronicle, a man in a Toyota Venza ran a red light at County Road 486 and North Annapolis Avenue when he struck the left side of the school bus.

The man, a 33-year-old Hernando resident, suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to Ocala Regional Medical Center.

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With back to school season here it is important to address the driving challenges this brings, such as more congestion near schools and in neighborhoods, more yellow school buses on the roadways, more kids and parents walking, and just the added need to exercise a bit more caution. New teen drivers hitting the road to drive themselves to school are an additional safety hazard. Motor vehicle crashes are the second leading cause of death for teens. The CDC estimates that 2,400 teens in the United States between the ages of 13 and 19 were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2019 and another 258,000 needed to be treated for their injuries at the emergency room. 

Special attention this time of year is very necessary to prevent simple and avoidable accidents. Here are a few safety reminders from our Florida Pedestrian Accident Attorneys at Whittel & Melton to keep you and your loved ones get safely back to school. 

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