Knox school bus drivers face new, stiffer penalties for using devices while driving
By Jamie Satterfield, Knoxville News Sentinel
The 2014 crash of two school buses that killed two children and an adult aide in East Knoxville. (PAUL EFIRD/NEWS SENTINEL)
KNOXVILLE (News Sentinel) -
Four now-former Knox County school bus drivers that allegedly used electronic devices while behind the wheel face mandatory 30-day jail terms if convicted under a tough new law.
They are charged via recently unsealed grand jury presentments under a state law passed following the death of two Sunnyview Primary School students and a teacher’s aide in Knox County in December 2014 caused by a driver who was texting while driving.
The quartet of drivers are accused in separate incidents of using electronic devices — the exact nature of which hasn’t been revealed yet — during Knox County Schools’ spring semester.
The cases are Knox County’s first legal test of that law, and the second in the state. A Hamilton County grand jury in March leveled the charge — along with vehicular homicide — in a fatal school bus crash in Chattanooga in December 2016 that killed six children.
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