2014 Bus Safety Road-e-o
Cindy Weems take 2014 Bus Road-e-o title
Posted on 05/02/2014
Road-e-o

Cindy Weems may not be able to rope a steer but she showed she could hold her own in a Road-e-o on Friday, May 2 at the Floyd County Schools Bus Safety Road-e-o. Weems took first place in the annual competition that tests the skill and driving knowledge of school bus drivers on a range course. The Road-e-o event took place in the parking lot across from the Board of Education office on Riverside Parkway. 

Participating school bus drivers were asked to drive a bus through an obstacle course designed to simulate difficult driving situations that might be faced on the road. The drivers were awarded points for successfully completing each section of the course.  Weems, from the Model attendance area, tallied a total of 517 points out of 540 possible points in the competition. 

Wanda Ely, the 2011 champion from the Pepperell attendance area placed second with a total of 508 points. Maleata Hall, from the Model area placed third with a point total of 436. (See the list below for the top ten drivers in this year’s competition.)

The top two drivers in the competition will be eligible to participate in the Georgia School Bus Safety Road-e-o to be held June 4 - 5, in Warner Robbins. If one of the two top finishers can't compete, the next driver in line will advance to state. The first and second place winners at the state level will be eligible to participate with the best drivers in North America in International competition to be held this summer.

Bus drivers from Floyd County Schools have a history of strong finishes in Bus Safety Road -e-o events. Floyd County drivers have finished first in the district, state, and international competitions. Pepperell area drivers, Connie Beatenbough and Patti Cox have both won the Georgia title. Cox was also crowned the International Driving Champion in 1999. 

 

Top Ten Drivers for 2011
 

 1.

Cindy Weems (Model)

517

 2.

Wanda Ely (Pepperell)

508

3.

Maleata Hall  (Model)

436

 4. tie

Cindy Poole (Pepperell) 

419

 4. tie

Carol Jones  (Pepperell)

419

  5.

April Legg  (Pepperell)

418

  6.

Kim Deaton (Pepperell) 

417

  7.

Tracy Swann  (Coosa)

416

  8.

Rick Phinazee (Pepperell)

406

  9.

Jennifer Pelfrey (Model)

406

10.

Dewey Thomas (Pepperell)

404

 

Photo: Left to right - Maleata Hall, Wanda Ely and Cindy Weems
winners