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Updated: 8/21/2013 7:54 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Action News is digging deeper into how the district makes sure your kids are safe riding the bus after a crash in Arlington.

Rose Nzioyimana was still pretty shaken up one day after being ticketed by police for failing to yield at a stop sign. She hit one of the hundreds of school buses in our viewing area. She told us she didn't remember the crash.

The bus driver was not cited, but when parents saw the crash on the second day of school, they had questions about who is behind the wheel.

"I'm not sure they accurately do background checks on drivers to see if they're qualified, if have record," said one grandmother.

Action News filed a public records request with the school district to get the answers to your questions. We got a list of requirements, but the school district told us, they don't directly hire bus drivers. The private bus companies do that.

The independent companies do checks, too. According to the requirements, the district also has to request the driving histories of bus drivers from the DMV on a regular basis.

However, state law prohibits us and parents from finding out the driving records of specific drivers. State law says the district can't give out drivers' names.

District leaders did assure us background checks are done by them as well and that the district monitors driver records on a weekly basis. A spokesperson told us even when bus drivers are in their personal vehicles, the district finds out about any traffic violations.

The district tells us they do background checks on any potential bus drivers, before the private company hires them.

We're told parents can get someone's driving record, but it won't include the driver's name.
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Shatow2683 - 8/22/2013 5:59 AM
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I love how it says nothing about how careless people drive around school buses without complete regard for their safety yet alone ours in the end instead of asking how to make people pay more attention to school buses and other commercial vehicles they ask if they check the driving history! When not only are we the most " not seen" vehicle on the road but the most abused as well this kinda. Disregard for responsibility of regular car drivers lets me know where most of Jacksonville people get the attitude the bus can stop on a dime!

Shatow2683 - 8/22/2013 5:44 AM
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I love how it says nothing about how careless people drive around school buses without complete regard for their safety yet alone the buses in the end instead of asking how to make people pay more attention to school buses and other commercial vehicles they ask if they check the driving history! When not only are buses the most " not seen" vehicle on the road but the most abused as well! this kinda Disregard for the responsibility of regular car drivers lets me know where most of Jacksonville people get the attitude the bus can stop on a dime!
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