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Letters to the Editor

Dangerous vans

To The Editor:

A dangerous situation has developed in our local school transportation system. Untrained and inexperienced teachers are taking over the job of driving our children to after-school events in school-owned, 16 passenger vans.

Twenty-nine states have enacted laws or regulations prohibiting the use of this type of van for transporting public school students to and from school and school-related activities.

Crystal Lake school boards have approved taking money from their low-paid school bus drivers, in spite of their excellent safety record, and giving it to teachers, who are paid considerably more than bus drivers, so they can drive these rollover-prone vans.

I am convinced that the parents of school-aged children, for the safety of their children, need to go to the next school board meeting and insist that the boards get rid of the 16-passenger vans that are being used for transporting students.

Frank Hyden

Crystal Lake

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