Stopping traffic: School buses

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The talk in the shop this week was about some traffic ideas in Carmel. I notice when I drive west on Main Street during the morning school rush, the traffic backs up through the roundabout at Keystone Parkway, stopping traffic just to let a couple of kids cross the road, when usually, there are several groups coming from the neighborhood that could catch up and make it more efficient. Or, to let maybe seven to 10 cars go through from the west or south. Maybe a tunnel or a skywalk would help kids cross safer and keep traffic flowing for everyone. Hey, if we can build expensive gateways for the Arts & Design District for vanity, then maybe safety crossings for our children … just a thought – I’m not a city planner. The other thing I found out was it is not safe, nor so much legal, for a bus to make a stop and hit its lights shutting down traffic in all directions just to let one of the fellow, or several fellow bus drivers out, as a courtesy without having a pickup or drop-off for the students. It’s the same as if I decided to control traffic and let my brother out of his neighborhood; I would probably get a ticket. Another example is if a bus headed west on Main Street by the bus depot and fire station stops, and the bus driver put the stop sign arm out, and someone drives through the turn lane and has an accident. It is the bus driver’s fault, not the citizen who wrecked. Stop arms are only for designated stops for students, not to dictate traffic to one’s liking. We all have an equal right to get to our destinations in a lawful manner and to be safe while we do it … let’s be careful out there, Carmel.


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