The Times West Virginian

August 19, 2013

Heavier traffic, distracted students common on first day of school

By Emily Gallagher
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — The first day of school means more traffic, and within that traffic will be several big, yellow school buses.

Chuck Sconish, a Marion County school bus driver, said there will be 78 buses on Marion County roads this morning, afternoon and evening.

When it comes to safety, he tells drivers one thing: “They need to expect the unexpected.”

After being off during the summer, educators, students and bus drivers are getting back into their school-day routine. Sconish said bus drivers and bus mechanics worked on preparations for school starting last week and during the summer.

“The mechanics have been working on the buses all summer, getting them checked out and doing any repairs,” he said. “We’re ready to go on the first day of school.”

Sconish said buses and bus drivers are ready to go for this school year and he wants the public to be ready, too.

“The public needs to take the time to get back into the routine with having buses back on the road in the morning and afternoon,” he said.

The start of a new school year also means there will be children who have never ridden a school bus or stood at a bus stop. Sconish reminded drivers to stay alert when they drive by a bus stop with children present.


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