A Rehoboth school bus driver who was involved in a traffic accident in September 15 has been charged with negligent driving after she allegedly “dozed off” before her vehicle hit a tree, injuring the driver and a 10-year-old student. The driver was placed on leave following the accident. She will be summoned to Taunton District Court, but no date has been set.
In the event of a bus accident or other emergency, Rehoboth school bus drivers are told to call police and fire officials before notifying the bus company. The school superintendent said she and the police and fire chiefs are working to improve bus safety and communication between bus drivers and schools.
Here in Massachusetts, driving negligently is a misdemeanor. Junior operators who are convicted of driving negligently or recklessly are subject to up to a 60 day revocation of their driver’s license. A subsequent conviction within three years can result in a one year suspension.