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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Since school started in August six Monroe City School Buses have been involved in accidents, one even had more than fifty children on the bus.  

Monroe City Schools Assistant Director of Transportation, Robert Porter, says "it could be tragic we are always concerned about the welfare of the children. 

Porter says 3 of the 6 accidents could have been prevent, if the drivers would have done something different.

Porter says, "when you have that number of students on a school bus, there could be a large number of claims filled against the school system. The district can't afford to have a large number of claims filed, either by the driver negligence or by other motorist hitting the school bus."

Now the transportation committee is adding "guidelines to better judgement" into the bus drivers in-service training.

Porter says, "part of the policy is to be safety conscious, driving defensively on the highways, obeying the highway laws, reducing the number of distractions."

The transportation committee also wants to put a driver review committee together, which will include bus drivers.

Porter says, "the committee would meet on a monthly basis, to review all school bus accidents, and all complaint concerning school bus drivers."

School bus driver Lonnie Hudson says he thinks this plan will work.

Hudson says, "that would education everyone with what's going on not only bus drivers but everybody that has a commercial vehicle within the district, that will promote safety, and safety is our number one goal and if we don't promote safety then we're liable."

The drivers are asking for your help, if you see a bus stopped, wait until the bus starts moving again, before you do.

The transportation committee plans to bring the plan of a driver review committee to the school board by the end of February.

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