Man wants tougher rules for Saskatchewan school bus drivers
BIGGAR, Sask. – The father of a woman killed when she was hit by a school bus wants to see stricter regulations for drivers.
Gary Eaton says the Saskatchewan government is more concerned about a truck driver hauling a load of potato chips down the highway than they are about a school bus operator driving a load of children.
His daughter, Monica Domes, was standing on the side of the road when she was hit by a school bus near Biggar, Sask., last February.
Her twin boys were on the bus at the time.
Edward Cumpstone, 63, has been charged under the Traffic Safety Act with driving without due care and attention.
Eaton, who is a truck driving instructor, says he would like to see more regulations surrounding what bus drivers do before they get behind the wheel, including mandatory off-duty time.
“What I would like to see, so that her death wasn’t totally in vain, that somewhere our government gets off its ass, makes some regulations like they do for every other professional driver,” he said.
“There’s no regulations that say (a school bus driver) can’t work 24 hours and climb in the bus and drive.”
© The Canadian Press, 2014