Remember when you could pass a school bus that had stopped to pick up or drop off children?
Getting stuck behind a school bus was such a pain in the neck. It would go so slow through the neighborhood. Whenever I got stuck behind a bus, I would go, “Ugh! I’m stuck behind a stupid bus!” I would look for any opportunity to get around it. The bus making a stop provided such an opportunity.
Then we started hearing about kids who got squashed because they ran out of the bus and crossed the street without looking both ways. I remember being excited when I got off the school bus. But looking both ways before you cross the street was one of those things they taught you early on. When I heard these tragic stories I said to myself, “Well, they should have looked both ways.”
Obviously some people did not agree. Because now school buses have a stop sign appended to their left side that swivels out whenever the bus makes a stop, cautioning drivers from both directions to stop until the bus moves away and retracts the sign. If you get stuck behind a bus like that you’re going to be late to wherever you’re going.
I guess it’s safer this way. I guess tragedies have been averted, and that is much more valuable than the time drivers lose by having to stop for stopped buses.
But I wonder if these kids grow up thinking that all buses come equipped with retractable stop signs?