Staggering new numbers on illegal school bus passes
LIVERPOOL, N.Y. -- There are staggering new numbers that reveal how often drivers drive past school buses with their stop signs out and red lights flashing.
In one day this month, and in 32 districts statewide, school bus drivers reported being passed 883 times.
That number includes 32 passes on the right side where students get off the bus. Looking at local numbers, the area with the most passes is Liverpool with a total of 74 passes, four of those on the right side.
Buses in the Liverpool Central School District leave to and from the bus garage every day bringing thousands of students to and from school. Now this new study reveals the dangers children can face.
The Liverpool Central School District Transportation Center Director is concerned about the high number of illegal passers of stopped school buses and says the high number needs to be reduced.
School officials blame distracted driving as the number on reason, saying many don't have their full attention on what's most important.
While the driver is always at-fault, parents are encouraged to talk with their children about looking both ways and always getting a signal from the driver before crossing the street.
However, at the end of the day, officials say the only way to reduce the high number of school bus passers is to get the drivers to pay more attention to stopped school buses. Serving as a reminder that when the sign comes out and the red lights start flashing you must stop no matter what.
As for catching those drivers who do put children in danger, the New York Association for Pupil Transportation is pushing for cameras on every single school bus so drivers can be tracked down.