Caught on camera: School bus driver texts while driving

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by CNN

KMOV.com

Posted on March 8, 2013 at 11:46 AM

A Seminole County bus driver accused of using his cellphone while behind the wheel could be fired, officials said.

Parents complained to the district, accusing Robert Stancheski of texting while driving his route.

Officials said it’s against school policy for bus drivers to use their cellphones while behind the wheel unless it’s an emergency, but Stancheski was caught using his phone twice, and it was caught on video.

In one of the videos that was taken in December, Stancheski appears to be checking his text messages while the bus is moving.

The video shows Stancheski taking his eye off the road several times and at one point, he takes both hands off the wheel.

Parents at the elementary school where Stancheski picked up students were appalled when they learned of the accusations.

Sources say Stancheski was suspended in April after district officials found another video of him again texting while driving.

That time, officials said Stancheski got into a minor accident minutes after he put his phone down.

Stancheski has been with the district less than two years, and has been suspended without pay for the last three weeks.

District officials said no students were on the bus during the two incidents.

The school board will vote on his termination next week.

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