I met with Dr. Welker at 9:00am that morning. He took the tape into a back office to watch it. He then escorted me into his office for the interview. Here's the question I asked: "What are your initial reactions to what you see on the tape?"
This is not the reaction I expected, given the arrangement we finally agreed on. However, I did ask Dr. Welker what would happen, IF he felt the tape showed drivers rolling stop signs. "We would take action immediately. We do take it very seriously. Bus safety, getting our students to and from school safely, is a tremendous responsibility and I think we have a really dedicated staff who makes sure we have safe transportation for our students."
I showed Eldracher's tape to two Jackson parents who live on CR 371 and who have children on one of the buses shown rolling at least three stop signs. "Oh my gosh! Bus drivers especially should be obeying all the laws, stopping at all the stop signs", says Renee Hayden. "They don't stop at all. I don't even know if he really slows down", said Dewanna Brown. Brown adds, "I'd say for the most part, most of the bus drivers are really, really safe, but they can't be doing this. It's only going to be a matter of time before someone has a wreck."