Irondequoit police work with schools to crack down on drivers illegally passing buses

February 15, 2017 05:57 PM

Parents say they're fed up watching drivers illegally pass their kids school buses every morning and afternoon. Carol Garofolo is one of them.

She says, "If you have a driver's license and you're going to work, you're a grown up, act like it."

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Garofolo has a young son that boards his bus on busy Culver Road in Irondequoit. She says drivers often yell at her or her son when they have to stop behind his bus -- that's if they stop at all. 

"No kid should be cussed at on the way to school or on the way home. No kid's life should be risked or threatened because somebody doesn't want to stop on their way to work, you know," said Garofolo.

It happens so often that her son's father was able to snap a picture of Irondequoit police pulling a driver over just this week for illegally passing her son's bus.

It's an issue that Irondequoit police have recently given more attention to.

"We've increased our patrols again and we're looking into a program where we possibly have officers following a bus at different times throughout the day," said Officer Kylee Nichols with the Irondequoit Police Department.

As it stands now, police officers can only issue a ticket if they see a driver illegally pass a school bus. Because of limited staffing, that's not always possible.

More often than not, police say there are more drivers illegally passing buses than there are those getting tickets for passing.

That's why state transportation officials continue to push for a law that would allow school bus camera video to be used to help ticket those illegal passers.

It's something that Officer Nichols says could be helpful.

"I think at the very least it could bring awareness if we have video of someone passing, whether we can use it for the enforcement side or not, it can still bring awareness," said Officer Nichols.

"We need those cameras, my son is my treasure, my son is my baby," said Garofolo.

Bus drivers do their best to write down the license plates of drivers who pass their bus, and send that information to police. Police then send out a description of the violation to the driver along with these flyers describing the penalties of not stopping and getting caught.

Right now, the proposed bus camera law is still being reviewed.


Brianna DiPilato

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