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Broward bus driver still on the road after hitting 10 drivers in 12 years, numerous suspensions

Broward bus driver still on the road after hitting 10 drivers in 12 years, numerous suspensions | READ WHAT I READ | Scoop.it

In a way, Broward County bus driver Charles Butler has been lucky. Despite hitting 10 cars, losing his driver's license five times, showing up late and sparking a lawsuit, he remains behind the wheel.

 

One of Butler's bus accidents cost taxpayers $73,005. The 2009 accident sent a passenger in the other vehicle to the hospital for knee surgery.

 

Though Broward's policies say drivers with five "preventable'' accidents in a two-year period face termination, Butler's personnel records show he hit that threshold in 2007.

 

To date, Butler's been disciplined 18 times and served a total 18 days of suspension for showing up late since he started work in 2001. He's served a total 17 days of suspension for his role in 21 bus accidents.

 

Twelve of the crashes were determined to be "preventable" by the five-member board that reviews accidents.

 

The Broward bus driver contract says drivers will face increasing discipline for crashes in a two-year period, and can be fired for the fifth accident.

 

Under that policy, Butler could have been fired in 2007, when he slid into the rear bumper of a vehicle on Stirling Road in Dania Beach. He'd hit a car in Hollywood the month before, hit a fixed object at the Lauderhill Mall two months before that, and hit two cars from behind in Hollywood and Davie in 2005.

 

President William Howard of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1267  said he doesn't remember a bus driver ever having been fired in Broward for poor driving history.

 

On July 16, 2010, Butler was warned by transit officials in a memo that if he had one more chargeable accident, he would be terminated.

 

After that date, he was in six more accidents, including hitting two vehicles from the rear. But four weren't blamed on Butler. And by then, his accident clock had reset.

 

He's still waiting to hear whether he'll be disciplined in his most recent accident, when he hit the rear of a vehicle in Pembroke Park on Nov. 21...

 

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Katherine Kennett's curator insight, July 14, 2014 12:25 AM

OMG! What is the point of having OH&S when this rubbish still goes on????

In this day and age it should not take a bus driver to actually kill somebody before he gets dismissed! Ten accidents- all his fault! Why is he still driving a bus?

Clearly the bus company follows the ideal of touch and feel driving as being a good thing. My goodness me.........................

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Florida teacher suspended for calling Haitian student "little chocolate boy"

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - The School Board of Broward County votes to suspend a teacher accused of calling a student "dark chocolate, the kind that nobody wants."

 

The board voted unanimously to suspend Leslie Rainer five days without pay.

 

According to an administrative complaint, the Blanche Ely High School teacher pointed in a Haitian student's face and said, "Look, little chocolate boy."

 

Rainer also told the student that he "was dark chocolate, the kind that nobody wants," and told the student to "shut up."

 

The student recorded Rainer on video pointing the pointer at him and making the statement, "You got one time, chocolate," before his classmates erupted in laughter.

 

Rainer said she was referring to actual pieces of chocolate on her desk that she hands out as treats during class...

 

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70-year-old Florida man shoots, kills man "fornicating" with his wife

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Brandon, Florida -- 70-year-old Ralph Wald told Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies he woke up and was going to the kitchen for a drink when he found his 42-year-old wife having sex in the living room with a man identified as 32-year-old Walter Copley.

 

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