Texting while driving? Dumb. Texting while driving a school bus full of kids? Really dumb.
A 14-year-old student from Hillsborough County, Florida is in the news today after she used her cell phone camera to catch her school bus driver texting while driver. The student, whose mother Venus Cotta-Silva spoke to the media, first started recording her driver to catch her cursing and yelling at students.
Instead, she captured video of the driver staring at her phone more than the road and driving with one hand while she texts with the other. At one point, the bus driver jerks the wheel quickly after she started to drift into another lane.
"When she showed me the video I just couldn't believe it," said Cotto-Silva.
"You're supposed to get them from point A to point B in a safe condition. That's not safe at all," she said. "Not only are you going to kill a driver, you're going to kill the children on that bus."
The video has been shown to school officials, and the driver has been placed on suspension. A school board member says the driver clearly “looking at her cell phone” instead of the road.
A ban on texting while driving is slated to go into effect in Florida on October 1. Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia are the only areas of the country that make texting while driving a primary traffic offense.
In 2011 alone, more than 3,000 people were killed in accidents involving a driver distracted by a cell phone.
Here’s the video of the texting driver: