Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Head coverings for school bus drivers - Yay or nay?

There are a number of issues here.

Should any kind of head covering be allowed for school bus drivers?

Should the media report when driver of a school bus involved in a fatal accident was wearing a head covering (scarf, hoodie, whatever)?

Should a newspaper who has allowed a columnist report the fact that the media isn't reporting the head covering issue then go and remove the story when the heat gets turned up?

Is it racism if we discuss the issue at all?


bluetech said...

1. Safety should come first when testing bus drivers.If her vision was obstructed by it she should not be driving.
2. yes
From updated reports tho Joanne, there were other factors pointing to unsafe driving by this driver.

Lee said...

I think racism is a much overworked word.
If we cannot express an opinion without being labelled, theres a lot wrong with us.
If we note that certain people are different , does that make us racist?
I dont think so.

skuleman said...

Looking closely at the picture (albeit, after the accident) it didn't look like it would obstruct her peripheral vision.

It's more likely she was distracted by the kids or not paying attention (it is after all pretty hard to miss a dumptruck).

Anonymous said...

I had heard in one newscast that the bus driver was on her cellphone at the time of the crash. Kids reported that she was to police.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Yes, likely a lot of factors were involved.

It puzzles me why the Sun chose to withdraw Ezra's column though.

Kingston said...

I personally think we should wait for the police report to come out on this issue before we all look like fools. Just my thought

Brian in Calgary said...

Safety must be the first and greatest concern when driving a school bus. And, I would answer the questions the very same way as bluetech.

It should be noted that there are reports - how accurate I don't know - here in Calgary that the day before this tragedy, another driver noted this very same school bus driver driving in a very inappropriate manner (making aggressive lane changes - sometimes without signalling - and tailgating), wrote down the licence plate number, and phoned the matter into the school, twice. When a few days later he found out it was the same driver who was involved in the crash, he was totally devastated.

Möbius said...

I drive with a baseball cap, sometimes tilted jauntily to the side, to impress my posse.

I don't think you should have a problem with that, or any other head covering.

People driving while talking on cell phones are the true menace to society.