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Bus driver caught texting while driving


Parents are upset and want policies changed after a video surfaced of a school bus driver texting while driving.

Eyewitness News was sent a video of a school bus driver texting while driving on the highway from Farmington to headed to a school in Enfield. In the video, the woman is holding her phone in her left hand and using her thumb to scroll around.

The 25-second video has parents in Hartford outraged and many said the problem has been going on since school started this year.

"She was texting and on Facebook," said parent Laurie Stulpin, whose sixth-grade daughter sent the video to Eyewitness News.

Once the video surfaced Tuesday, the driver, who was working for the Capitol Region Education Council Schools, was fired. The name of the driver is not being released by CREC.

"The bus driver no longer transports CREC students," CREC said in a statement Wednesday.

Stulpin is still upset because the bus driver can be hired at another company.

"She can go to another bus company," Stulpin said. "She can also be driving on our streets doing that."

According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, 60 to 70 percent of all school buses in Connecticut have mounted cameras to watch the drivers. The video is sent back to the bus companies.

State law does not give the companies any legal obligation to call the police on a driver if they are texting while driving. The company does not have to take any action at all.

"It's just not something that you do," Stulpin said. "It goes along with drinking and driving. You just don't do that stuff."

The fine for driving a school bus while texting is $400. State police confirmed that they have written tickets for the charge in recent days.

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