February 2nd, 2012
Lawmakers may approve advertising on school buses
A bill that would allow advertisements on school buses just hit the House floor in Tallahassee. Advocates believe it could bring in $100 million to local school districts that are struggling with budget shortfalls. However, Eyewitness News found out a group of bus drivers say the ads raise safety issues.
The drivers have no proof that advertisements cause accidents, but they point to statistics that show 20 percent of all crashes involve drivers distracted by something. The group representing the drivers just sent a letter to lawmakers demanding they consider the hazard they say ads on the sides of these buses could cause on the road.
Advertisements for power drinks, television shows and sneakers could be on yellow school buses across the state by July.
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