St. Landry

Dec 9, 2010 6:29 AM by Jim Hummel

Should School Buses Make Stops on Busy Highways?

In the wake of last week's deadly school bus crash in St. Landry Parish, some in Port Barre are questioning why a school bus was even making stops on busy Highway 190 in the first place.

"This is a major highway, and I do not think that buses should be picking up kids on a major highway like this," said Mark Fontenot, whose grandchildren all ride buses to Port Barre schools. "They need to do something now before it happens again."

Fontenot's concerns have been echoed by others since the crash that killed five year old Karen Stoute of Port Barre. This coming Friday, State Senator Elbert Lee Guillory (D-District 24) and State Representative Ledricka Johnson Thierry (D-District 40) will be meeting with St. Landry Parish Schools Superintendent Michael Nassif to address the issue.

"We don't want to impose on the business of transporting students, we just want to--all of us together maximize the effectiveness and the safety of our children," said Guillory.

In an interview with KATC Tuesday night, Nassif said everything is on the table when it comes to student safety. He said some of the ideas that will be discussed in Friday's meeting include consolidating bus stops, moving them away from busy roads, lowering speed limits and putting up signs warning motorists of upcoming bus stops.

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