Crist's school bus tour appears to violate state law

Tampa, Florida -- More problems from the Charlie Crist school bus tour. The former governor has been campaigning this week on a school bus and touting his education plan.

On Thursday, the bus had a minor accident in Orlando, and now, 10 Investigates has discovered the tour appears to be violating the law.

The problem for Charlie Crist is that he is going around the state in a yellow school bus that isn't being used for education or charitable purposes, but instead is used for campaigning. And yellow can't be used on state highways for campaigning.

Florida statute 316.72 says:

"its use ( referring to a school bus) shall be unlawful unless and until said bus has been changed from said colors.. and unless and until all signs and insignia which designate it as a school bus have been removed."

In response, Crist's campaign says, "We clearly told the bus company it was a campaign event. The bus owners never indicated there would be a problem."

We also asked Florida Highway Patrol why the driver of the bus was not cited for violating the law when the accident happened. FHP maintains it didn't know what Crist was doing and he could have been doing an educational event. When we explained it was clearly a campaign event and asked if FHP would now investigate, we got a clear no...apparently FHP doesn't want to touch a political hot potato.


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