After School Goer’s Accident, Cops Plan Safety Overhaul

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Kolkata: An accident involving a seven-year-old Kendriya Vidyalaya II student on Monday, three years after a similar accident took a student’s life, has made the Salt Lake police sit up and take note.

On Monday, Class II student Arpit Ranjan was injured by the school bus that he was boarding, as the driver had been reversing at that time. The boy suffered a femur fracture. Three years previously, a Class XII boy died after being run over by the school bus that had dropped him at HC Block.

The cops have arrested bus driver Shyamal Bera. “Prima facie, it was his mistake, as he should have been careful while reversing,” said DC (DD and traffic) S Rajkumar. The police, though, are taking further precautions. “We will be doing all that is required to ensure the safety of the children. For this, we are ready to consult all stakeholders,” Rajkumar said. To start with, the cops have decided to deploy a couple of men during school dispersal hours. “This will be done as and when needed,” an officer said.

The cops will also ask all pool operators to arrange for a helper. They also want to crosscheck data provided to them by around 25 schools of the area about the number of buses and pool cars attached with them almost three years ago. “The details were furnished in 2014 and needs an upgrade. A final decision on a training schedule for drivers will be taken after ascertaining ground conditions,” said a traffic official.
This safety overall on buses and other public transportation should have been done long back, not a child was killed by a irresponsible school bus driver.

It is important to formulate a list of dos and don’ts for adults who handle schoolchildren on their way to and from school and ensure they follow it. It is true that accidents may happen despite every precaution but it is equally true that a little bit of extra caution can preempt many of these accidents.

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