HPSD looking for a few good drivers

HPSD looking for a few good drivers

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

This week you’ll see a school bus in the Cornerstone shopping area of Slave Lake, probably with signs. It’s a way of getting the message out that the High Prairie School Division needs bus drivers.

“We need two full-time drivers for Slave Lake,” says HPSD Director of Transportation Harry Davis. “And five good spares.”

Being a spare driver is a good gig, Davis says. It’s a split shift, a couple of hours in the morning and a couple in the afternoon.

“In between you can play golf,” he says. “Or go skiing.”

It can involve other opportunities, such as driving classes on field trips.

If you’re interested, send an email to delliott@hpsd.ca.

The other thing on Davis’s mind last week (and every week) was safety. The awareness campaign on the perils of passing school buses when their red lights are flashing is going to ramp up again towards the end of summer. Billboards will be going up along the highway west of Slave Lake.

“Last year we had 140-plus violations,” Davis says, adding that two of the violators actually passed buses on the right-hand side!

The buses have had cameras on board for a couple of years now. They can and do lead to convictions for the violators, Davis says. The fine is $543 and six demerit points are possible. This may be having a deterrent effect, as the number of violations was down last year over the year before. But it’s still disturbingly high, so the awareness campaign continues.

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