Katy Krueger believes it's not a good idea for kids waiting for a school bus to be standing close to U.S. Highway 98, one of the deadliest highways in the nation.
Recently, while driving in Florosa in the eastbound lane on Highway 98, I saw a school bus stop and pick up children on the south side of the road. This was at 7:47 a.m. on a weekday. Having children stand inches away from a multi-lane highway during rush hour traffic is unsafe. Not only is it unsafe for the children, but also for the motorists who are driving to work.
After an email and a phone call to the Okaloosa County school system, I was informed that the children’s residence is on Highway 98, therefore the bus must stop on the highway. Back when Dr. Alexis Tibbetts was the superintendent, the Okaloosa County bus stops were removed from Highway 98. This was a blessing.
Here we are again, though, with the same conundrum. I have suggested that the children be taken to a “safe” bus stop nearby that is within a neighborhood and not on the highway. I have also suggested that the bus make its stop after the peak rush-hour time. Or, perhaps, the parents who live on the highway can drive their child to school. I truly believe that a parent knows what’s best for their child. I also believe that having a child inches away from Highway 98, which is one of the deadliest highways in the nation, is unsafe. Furthermore, the poor child is breathing in the black carbon from the excessive amounts of car exhaust.
As a community, working together, I feel we can come up with a solution to help make our students and drivers safer. Please, Superintendent Marcus Chambers, remove all Okaloosa County school bus stops from Highway 98. You are putting the lives of thousands of commuters at risk.
In my opinion, it’s easier to prevent an accident than deal with an accident.
Katy Krueger, Okaloosa County