School Bus Driver Texting While Driving Students, Video Lands Florida Woman Suspended From Job [WATCH VIDEO]

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on September 20 2013 2:20 PM

School Bus Driver Texting A Florida school bus driver was reportedly suspended from her job after a student caught her on video texting while driving children home from school and nearly causing an accident.  Twitter

A Florida school bus driver was reportedly suspended from her job after a student caught her on video texting while driving children home from school and nearly causing an accident.

The driver, whose name has not been released, was filmed by Venus Cotto-Silva's 14-year-old daughter from Hillsborough County, Fla. on her way home from school. The video shows the bus driver looking down at her smartphone while driving with a busload of children last week and drifting into oncoming traffic.

"When she showed me the video I just couldn't believe it," Cotto-Silva told WFTS-TV. "You're supposed to get them from point A to point B in a safe condition. That's not safe at all.”

The most terrifying part of the video, though, shows the bus driver suddenly grab the wheel with both hands as the bus begins to drift into the other lane with oncoming traffic.

“The scary part is, see how quickly she grabbed the wheel?” Cotto-Silva said.

ABC News reported that the 14-year-old student had been recording the video to prove the driver curses at students but instead caught video footage of her texting.

WFTS reported that the school was notified and a spokesperson from the Tampa-area district said there is a policy in place forbidding drivers from texting while driving. The driver was pulled from her route on Wednesday and is now on desk duty.

"We do have a policy against texting and using a mobile device while you're driving a school bus," District Spokesman Steve Hegarty said. "I don't know exactly who that is in the video, we'll have to look into that. You have given us a bus number and we'll check into that." 

The Hillsborough County School District said it will question the bus driver to find out what happened exactly before a formal punishment is issued.

In the state of Florida, a texting ban for all drivers will go into effect on October 1.

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