Jenna Portnoy of The Morning Call writes:
Changes at the state level will give all school district and contractors access to lifetime driving records of bus drivers, officials announced this morning in response to the revelation that a driver allegedly responsible for a fatal wreck in mid-February was also involved in an accident that killed a toddler a decade ago.
The records, which currently only cover a decade of driving activity, will also include the severity of any accidents, such as “fatal,” “property damage,” and “injury.” The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will adopt the new policy at the latest by October, but lawmakers said they hope the changes can go into effect in time for the start of the school year.
Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman and state Reps. Josh Shapiro and Bryan Lentz made the announcement in Norristown, along with Abington School Superintendent Amy Sichel.
Frederick R. Poust III, 38, of Schwenksville was charged in mid-March with homicide by vehicle in a crash that killed a man, seriously injured another and hurt five students, authorities said. The allegations rely on an on-board surveillance video.
Poust was driving a Perkiomen Valley School District bus with 45 students at 7:35 a.m. Feb. 18, when he attempted to make a left turn into Perkiomen Valley Middle School West and smashed into a car headed the other direction, police have said. A passenger in the car, 27-year-old Richard Taylor of Gilbertsville, was killed and the driver, Freddie M. Carroll, 41, of Perkiomenville, suffered serious injuries. Five of the middle school students on the bus suffered minor injuries.
Poust was cited for careless driving in a 1999 upper Bucks County accident that killed a 2-year-old girl and touched off a national debate about motorists using cell phones.
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