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DCPS responds to school bus driver with spotty record

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Updated: 6/04/2013 12:33 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Action News was first to tell you about a local school bus driver with a checkered driving history.

Pamela Newman was behind the wheel when her school bus collided with a truck in February 2012.

The crash sent several students to the hospital.

One of the injured is now frightened by the sight of a school bus.

"I have to drive her 24 miles a day to take her to school and from school," said parent Jolene Carlton. "So it's rough and every time she sees a bus or is around a bus the anxiety just picks up. so it's scary for a 7-year-old."

Carlton sued the bus company and won a settlement.

Court documents Action News Ryan Smith uncovered paint a concerning picture for parents like Carlton.

Newman has racked up more than a dozen traffic violations spanning 15 years. Some of the violations include careless driving, running a red light, driving through a stop sign and even speeding through a school zone.

Police cited Newman just five days after the 2012 school bus crash for failing to yield on a left turn.

The Duval County School Disctrict tells me the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles issues weekly updates alerting school districts to any new violations committed by drivers while operating a bus or personal vehicle.

But when we asked DCPS about Newman's history, a spokesperson stated, "the driver in question has been reviewed two times within this school year, (August and January), and the violations you specify are not consistent with the information provided to us by the Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles."

A spokesperson with the school district plans to review the information Action News uncovered this week.
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JoC99 - 6/5/2013 1:48 AM
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Money...... let me tell you that the settlement was definitely 100% not worth it. I could say after the med bills and all the lawyer's fee there's not even enough for summer therapy! THANK GOD I HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE! So this case was nothing about money! This is about what is right and wrong. Duram sold out to berinie bus company and in our case they said Duram didn't plan on her a job so she was "pushed" onto and passed on to Berinie as the attorney said. So okay Home school my daughte. What's that teach her.You fall off a horse and you don't EVER get back on and avoid and run from things your whole life Absolutely Not she fell off the horse and we will get back on it! So yes do I cause some her stress yep I do by tryitrying to get get back up on the bus. My daughter was doing great mid way though after LOTS of therapy, there were tons of sleepless nights but we worked through it then it came for my daughter to get up on the stand. She had to relive the whole thing! ! So our grades decrease our sleepless nights came back. And I tell you this knowing that driver's like this make me so I don't trust any of my kids riding in a bus. So yes now after hearing the statement of the school board. I will forever drive all four of my kifd! Do not judge me. When you are in my shoes and fought this battle for over a yr and a hlaf. Then just then you come back to judge me!

Gunny48 - 6/4/2013 9:49 AM
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I agree with my two esteemed colleagues!

RiverRat - 6/4/2013 8:59 AM
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Although I agree that this person should not be driving a bus, I believe this Mother is imprinting her anxiety onto this child.
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