Safety of children first priority says Muscogee County school bus driver

Bus drivers speak about pressures of job

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Muscogee County school bus drivers transport 16,000 students twice a day during the morning and afternoon commutes.

It's a demanding job that can be high pressure and high stress.

In the wake of a recent accident that left a Muscogee County bus driver dead, we talked with a Muscogee County Bus Zone supervisor about the dangers and responsibilities of that come along with the job.

Peter Danois, who's worked for the district for 20 years, says bus drivers constantly have to watch out for other drivers on the road.

"A lot of time let's say when we do a stop, people want to pass the bus, come around the bus and they exceed the speed and we constantly have to look to make sure the car is at a complete stop," said Danois.

Danois says a driver's first responsibility is the children and making sure they're safe.

He adds that a school bus driver's day starts with a thorough safety check of the bus to make certain everything is working properly.

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