The sign that really matters

'Stop' isn't a suggestion for motorists -- it's a life-saving command

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Could there be greater anguish for a family during the holiday season?

Jaidyn Williams – the 8-year-old boy struck by a car as he was boarding a school bus Dec. 9 on Belair Road – died at Georgia Regents Medical Center the day after Christmas.

Scott William Hancock, who police say was driving the minivan that hit the fourth-grader, was in the Richmond County jail Friday, without bond, on charges of serious injury by motor vehicle, reckless driving and failure to stop for a school bus while loading and unloading. With Jaidyn’s death, more charges are possible.

Whenever a driver attempts to flout the warning signals of a stopped school bus, it shows a dangerous disdain for the basic rules that hold society together.

Waiting behind a deliberately slow bus can be aggravating. But if you think it’s harmless to drive past a bus or curve around one despite its flashing red signals, you’re wrong.

You’re buying just a few seconds of saved travel time at an incredible risk. It’s not worth jeopardizing a child’s life to attempt reaching your destination less than a minute earlier.

A woman in Cleveland, Ohio, last year made it a habit of zipping past a stopped school bus in her Jeep. She almost hit children, and a judge ordered her to stand at a busy intersection with a sign reading, “Only an idiot would drive on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus.”

The sign that really matters, though, is the flashing red “stop” sign you obey to help assure that tragedies such as this never happen.

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shrimp for breakfast
shrimp for breakfast 12/28/13 - 03:20 am
Very True ACES

We have a very young man who felt invincible at that age (I know I did) who made a horribly dangerous decision that resulted in a tragedy of epic proportions. In the blink of an eye a family is going through the worst grief imaginable while the young man has the burden of his actions which will haunt him the rest of his days
What would be justice in this nightmare?
There will be justice of course and it has already started for Mr. Hancock and how sad that all of this could have been avoided if only...My heart goes out to the Williams family and my heart is heavy at the thought of their loss.

corgimom 12/28/13 - 10:27 am
At age 20 I was married and

At age 20 I was married and worked fulltime. I was an adult, I didn't think I was invincible, and I knew to stop for a school bus that had flashing lights.

He isn't a teenager, he isn't a child, he's a GROWN MAN.

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