We’re not shy about using superlatives when describing public servants (heads-up for the Best and Worst Legislators list in the July issue, y’all); however, we don’t usually extend such judgments to, say, school bus drivers. But this has got to be one of the worst school bus drivers in Texas:
The video, captured on the dash cam of a civilian driver on Highway 288 on May 6 and shared on Reddit, starts out fairly innocuously: a school bus merges late onto the 288 South lane during rush hour, cutting off the driver with the dash cam. It’s poor driving, but not inexcusable—that sort of thing happens to all of us from time to time, and maintaining a safe distance behind the car in front of you usually mitigates the problem. Still, if you feel any sympathy for the bus driver as the person with the dash cam begins to call the supervisor to complain, that’ll vanish around the 1:50 mark.
At that point, as traffic moves at a slow crawl down the congested highway, the bus driver apparently gets fed up with the pace of the road and hops onto the shoulder to speed past all the cars following the law. It’s an almost hilariously egregious example of poor driving. Thankfully, no accidents appear to have been caused, so we can file this under “so terrible it’s kind of funny” rather than “tragic and avoidable,” but that sure is a terrible way to handle the responsibility of shuttling a group of children to their destination.