Levy County school bus driver handbook up to speed

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Suzette Cook, Reporter

Levy County school buses will now be running at posted speed limits instead of being restricted to 55 MPH on non-interstate highways and 65 MPH on interstate highways.

The School Board of Levy County adopted a revised 2018-2019 Bus Drivers Handbook at the Dec. 11 meeting that addressed the speed limit changes, specific student behavior and rules, and engine idling restrictions.

“There’s no documentation that it’s unsafe to go posted speed,” said Director of Transportation Gary Masters who took over the department in July.

“Furthermore, we did a survey of the districts in the State to find out, and 87 percent of the districts in the State go posted speed. So we are just following the law.”

The 55 MPH school bus limitation law known as Florida Statute 316.183 was removed on Jan. 1, 2013 but some districts such as Levy County opted to retain the limitations.

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