Safety

State High Court Considers School Bus Driver Liability

Mar 26, 2015
The Ohio Supreme Court is considering the role of the school bus driver for student safety.
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The Ohio Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday on whether school bus drivers are liable for injuries suffered by students who did not go straight home after leaving the vehicle. 

The Ohio Supreme Court went on the road this week to Mansfield. About 500 local high school students listened in on a case which touches on their own behaviors on school buses. At issue, 6-year-old Amber Salee, a first grader in the small Village of Cleves outside Cincinnati, was struck by a car after getting off a bus.

Advocates say cameras increase safety.
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The Ohio Supreme Court will hear arguments this week about traffic cameras. The case in Toledo is one of a slew of legal challenges to cities using cameras to catch and ticket drivers for running red lights or speeding.

Motorists also filed lawsuits last week against the Dayton suburbs of Trotwood and West Carollton. That brings the number of legal cases against cameras around the state to at least eight.

There were one thousand and 80 people killed on Ohio’s roads last year.  That was more than in 2009 when a record low number of people died as a result of roadway accidents.  One thousand twenty two were killed that year. 

Ohio is on track to set a new modern day record this year.  The fatality count on the state’s roads right now is below one thousand.  The Ohio State Highway Patrol wants to keep those numbers low.  So it’s going to have troopers on the roads, looking for unsafe driving.