Hudy Muldrow Sr. is expected in a Morristown Courtroom today. The 77 year old school bus driver has been charged with two counts of vehicular homicide. If found guilty Muldrow could face 5 to 10 years in prison on each charge. After today hearing he will most likely be taken to the Morris County jail.
Muldrow should be held accountable for his actions. However, it still shocks me that a 77 year old man with a seriously blemished driving record was allowed to drive a school bus in the first place. This accident could have been much worse.
Over the years I've heard many politicians in New Jersey talk about how important it is to protect our children. New Jersey property taxes which fund our schools are among the highest in the country. Our teachers and school administrators are among the best paid in the country. Is a 77 year old bus driver with a history of driving mistakes the best we can hire?
School bus drivers should be paid better period. They transport precious cargo every day. They are "professional" drivers just like truck drivers and commuter bus drivers. Better pay will attract younger drivers and drivers with good driving records.
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