Police: Distracted driving could be root cause in school bus crashes
BUXTON (WGME) – There have been six crashes involving a school bus and a car since the beginning of the year, and police believe distracted driving could be a root cause in most of these crashes.
A school bus is hard to miss, but since January 1, we've seen six crashes where school buses have been hit.
On January 11 in Berwick, a man from Sanford was killed after his car was hit from behind and pushed in the path of bus.
It's still under investigation.
Then on January 24, police say a distracted driver slammed into the back of a school bus in Falmouth.
While playing with your phone may be one of the biggest distractions while out there on the road, local police say they've seen people distracted in ways that are pretty hard to believe.
"Some people were watching TV, they see all this. Reading a paper, I’ve seen that before, reading a paper driving down the highway," Lt. John Kilbride said.
On February 8, police in Buxton say a woman crashed into a bus there.
They say she had a suspended license and was also distracted at the time.
Then last November in New Canada, police say a woman was distracted by her cat in her lap when she hit a bus.
While no students have been injured in any of these crashes, police say it's only a matter of time.
"It only takes a quick second to take your eyes off the road before you hit someone and there have been many fatalities brought on by this and lives change," Kilbride said.