Friday, August 22 2014 8:13 AM EDT2014-08-22 12:13:32 GMT
Photo of armed robbery suspect (Source: University of South Carolina Division of Law Enforcement and Safety
A USC student was robbed at gunpoint early Thursday morning, according to the University of South Carolina Police Department. The student was walking through the USC Horseshow around 12:40 a.m. when heMore >>
A USC student was robbed at gunpoint early Thursday morning, according to the University of South Carolina Police Department.More >>
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Elgin police need help locating two men who they say broke into a car wash in the area and stole money from the control boxes. Investigators say the suspects broke into the Elgin Car Wash on Rose StreetMore >>
Elgin police need help locating two men who they say broke into a car wash in the area and stole money from the control boxes.More >>
The following Perspective is an expression of opinion by the Editorial Board at WIS, and presented by General Manager Donita Todd.
Recently WIS covered the tragic story of a
youngster killed while crossing the street to catch his school bus.
Although it has not been determined that any law was broken in this accident,
school districts know the risks of drivers not adhering to the state school bus
law. So they try to create routes where students do not have to cross the road.
Current state law requires drivers in all directions on a two lane road to stop when bus lights are onand the stop arm is out. On a multi-lane road, drivers coming from the opposite direction don't have to stop, but drivers behind the bus must stop.
Each year, the National Association of State
Directors of Pupil Transportation Services does a one-day study in South
Carolina. During the 2011-12 school year, the state had 368 violators in
one day, and for a 2012-13 school day, that count increased to 562 violators.
With that high number of violators, school officials think changing the state
law will make students safer because violators will not go unpunished.
Our WIS investigation found that the law, as
it's written, doesn't protect children because video evidence isn't allowed to
fine a violating driver. Without the law allowing video camera evidence, school
officials say prosecution typically does not happen.
Senate Bill 718 could be a solution. This
bill would equip the state's school bus stop arms with a camera to catch
violators and allow the evidence to be given to law enforcement. This
bill was proposed last year and currently sits in the Senate Transportation
Committee. For the safety of our school children, talk to your
legislators and urge them to consider passage of this bill.
That's my perspective.
Write to Perspective at P.O. Box 367, Columbia, SC 29202, or send an email.