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Bus drivers in Florida facing stricter punishments for crashes

6684090731_7eb93677ac_bA Floridian bus driver’s union has agreed to a new disciplinary system from Broward County that will ensure less lenient punishments for crash-prone drivers. Under the previous rules, a driver needed to have a total of 5 road traffic incidents over a rolling 24 months in order to be fired, and even then could be re-hired. Now Broward Transportation Director Chris Walton will have far more authority to determine driver culpability, and exact an appropriate punishment. However the flip side of the county’s autonomy could also extend to more lenient punishments for minor offenses, such as running over a traffic cone, which previously could be met with severe penalties.

Full story by Brittany Wallman for the Sun Sentinel