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Austin ISD Bus Driver Involved in Crash Had Suspended License

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Farren Washington3 years ago

An Austin Independent School District bus driver was involved in a crash last Thursday and was found to be driving with a suspended license.

Description of the Bus Crash

According to NBC News (KXAN), the bus had overturned along Interstate 35 in Round Rock, Texas during the morning commute; no students were on board at the time of the incident.

The bus came to rest between the southbound lanes of I-35 and the frontage road. The driver had neglected to pay for insurance and has since resigned.

Driving records are usually checked twice a year, but district officials stated they were not aware of the issue until after the crash. Checks are performed in January and June, but the district was uncertain whether anyone had looked into the driver’s record this month.

A second crash happened at the 12300 block of Lamplight Village Avenue, around 7:00 a.m. in North Austin. Three students were on board. No one was injured.

Information about Austin Independent School District Buses and Training

The Austin Independent School District has more than 400 drivers, and drops off 22,000 students each day.

Currently, Austin ISD is ahead of the curve when it comes to school bus safety. In 2012, Austin ISD was one of the few districts that received funding from the state to install the safety restraints.

Since then, Austin ISD has gone from having only 21 seatbelt-equipped buses to having restraints in every bus in their fleet.

Before getting behind the wheel, bus drivers have to go through extensive training and attend classes that focus on driving in bad weather. Every driver is also required to complete 20 hours of training and attend additional “refresher courses” throughout the year.


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