As students return to class, some school districts are releasing dramatic videos to highlight the dangers from drivers who fail to stop for school buses.
Video released Monday by Dallas County Schools shows a car ignoring the flashing red stop lights and sideswiping 12-year-old Miles McFadden two weeks ago. A truck kept going even though Miles’ Austin school bus stopped, plowing into the seventh-grader. He was bruised, but fine.
“I was walking, I see this truck coming. I expect him to stop, but he doesn’t and everything just goes into a blur,” said Miles’ mother, Amy McFadden, who saw the video of the collision that night on television. “It’s just your heart drops into your feet and you just can barely breathe when you’re watching that.”
The very next day in Austin, another truck hit a high school student getting off the bus. Amazingly, he was fine.
By one estimate, American drivers illegally passed school buses more than 13 million times last year. On average, roughly eight kids a year are killed by drivers who ignore school bus stop signs, reports CBS News correspondent Mark Strassmann.