Knox school bus drivers face new, stiffer penalties for using devices while driving
“Hands on the wheel, eyes on the road — we know all too well in this community what happens when they don’t do that,” Knox County District Attorney General Charme Allen said of school bus drivers.
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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