A central Georgia judge gave the woman a choice: Wear a sign proclaiming that she was a fool or spend four weekends in jail. The woman, 38-year-old Natasha Latrice Freeman, chose the sign. It says "I made a fool out of myself on a Bibb County Public Schools bus."
Local school districts across Georgia are dealing with less money from the state for transportation while being hit with higher gas prices and dwindling local budgets. School districts are finding cost-efficient solutions, like increasing the number of students per bus ride. Thousands of bus stops have been eliminated across the state and remaining stops are farther apart. That means more kids are walking earlier in the morning in limited light, and making their way across busier roads to get to bus stops.
A 3 year study of seat belts on school buses found that it’s not the most cost effective way to prevent fatalities. The report released in Alabama Monday will be studied by Georgia lawmakers. The study was commissioned by Alabama Governor Bob Riley after 4 students died in a crash in Huntsville in 2006.