Florida bus driver caught texting and driving

Posted: 03/09/13 at 6:40 pm EST

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. (WHDH) -- Video from December shows a Florida bus driver appearing to check his text messages during his route.

He takes his eye off the road several times, and at one point, takes both hands off the wheel.

Parents at the elementary school where he picked up students were appalled.

“I don't ever text while I drive, and he shouldn't be doing it either.

They have kids' lives in their hands,” said Alex Gonzalez, a concerned parent.

And this isn't the first time he's been caught.

He was suspended last April after district officials found this video of him. Again, it looks like he's texting while driving, potentially putting other drivers at risk.

That time, he got into a minor accident minutes after he put down his phone.

The accident is likely why district officials reviewed this video and then discovered this latest infraction.

“Why is he even still driving if he has already been in trouble for it once?" said Nikkole Newman, another concerned parent.

The driver has been with the district for two years, and has been suspended without his 11-dollar-an-hour pay for the last three weeks.

Many parents told us he doesn't deserve another chance.

“If he's already been in trouble for it once and continuing to do it, I would think that, yes, he should probably be fired,’ said Newman.

School officials said no students were on the bus during the two incidents. The school board will vote on the driver's termination next week.

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