Central Middle School Bus Driver Caught on Cell Phone While at the Wheel
Update: The Capital is reporting that the driver has been suspended.
Original story: (Friday August 30, 3:30 p.m.): On Friday afternoon, the photo at right—of an Anne Arundel County school bus driver talking on his cellphone while at the wheel—went viral on Facebook. The bus allegedly services Central Middle School.The South River Source alerted the public information office at Anne Arundel County Public Schools’ central office. They were already aware of the situation, and said that the transportation division was looking into it.
On Facebook, the photo has been shared over 50 times.
From the comments, it appears that a student took the photo, stating that the driver has been, “talking and texting all week.”
Another mom commented that parents have previously complained about the driver.
Anne Arundel County has a mixed fleet of independent and county-operated bus ownership and drivers. We are attempting to contact the bus company and will update this story as details become available.
The driver, the bus company and the route number have not yet been verified.
In Maryland, it is against the law to text while driving. Texting while driving is a primary offense, meaning that police can write a citation against the driver even if the driver has broken no other laws. Talking on a handheld cellphone is also against Maryland law, but is a secondary law, meaning that police can write a citation only if the driver has been cited for primary infraction.
For bus drivers, they may not use hand-held phones either, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Here’s their chart:
RESTRICTIONS ON CELLPHONE USE AND TEXTING
|Hand-held ban||all drivers|
|Young drivers all cellphone ban||drivers younger than 18|
|Bus drivers all cellphone ban||school bus drivers (hand-held ban)|
|Texting ban||all drivers|