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Dad pleads for motorists to heed safety rules

For the second time within a week, my two little girls were almost struck by a vehicle while crossing Ooltewah-Ringgold Road to catch their bus. It was a particularly close call this time, and I can't express how sobering and raw the experience was.

Come on, folks, I know you are in hurry -- I hate being stopped by buses, too. But please think about the child that may not see your vehicle while they are crossing for a bus.

My wife and I have learned that drivers disregard the flashing lights and the stop sign on the bus, so we now throw ourselves into the street, wave our arms and yell like idiots before allowing our children to cross.

As ridiculous as it seems, sometimes this doesn't even work to stop oncoming vehicles on many occasions, this has been accompanied by loud screeches and disgruntled drivers who were angered that they were robbed of their opportunity to plow over a child.