Bus Roadeo rolls into town May 14

Richard Froese
South Peace News

How easy is it for a school bus driver to parallel park the long yellow rig?

That’s one of a dozen tests that drivers face in the Zone 5 School Bus Roadeo in High Prairie on May 14.

Many local drivers will be among about 20 at the event at the High Prairie Regional Aquatic Centre. The Roadeo begins at 10 a.m.

“It’s an opportunity for our drivers to exhibit their professional skills and have some fun,” says organizer Harry Davis, director of transportation for High Prairie School Division.

“That’s the underlying factor, to have fun. “We want people to come out and enjoy the day.”

There will be one judge for each event. Drivers will be given a written examination, followed by skills that include offset alley, railroad crossing, straight line, diminishing clearance, back-up test, right turn, curb line, parallel park, student loading and stop line.

Top winners will qualify for the provincial finals June 4 in Red Deer.

Trophies will be presented at 2:30 p.m.

Local police officials and transportation enforcement officers will also be present.

“My past experience in this is that it is a lot of fun,” Davis says.
“We want to make it an annual event.”

A breakfast will kick off the day from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

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