A Polk County woman catches a car speeding right past a stopped bus and numbers from a recent survey show you just how many cars bus drivers themselves caught not following the rules.
“The Department of Education sends out a survey once a year to determine how many vehicles pass stopped [school bus] arms. This year, we in Pinellas County had 500 buses in a one day period,” says Barney Dreher, the Road Safety Specialist for Pinellas County Schools.
Dreher says in just one day, bus drivers throughout the state found nearly 11,000 cars violating the law when it comes to stopping for buses.
This past year, the district has installed cameras in some of its buses to catch cars breaking the law.
“'If we can capture what happened, a picture is worth 1,000 words,” says Dreher.
But while it's adding this new security measure, we found many districts in the Bay Area have not.
In Polk County, where around 700 cars were found not stopping for buses in just one day, they don't have cameras. And neither does Hillsborough County, one of the largest districts in the state.
“It’s fairly new for us,” says Dreher.
Dreher says he hopes to send a message to all drivers, that when the stop sign is out, there's only one thing to do.
“There’s a chance everyday of some student getting hit,” says Dreher.
A minimum ticket for those caught not stopping at a bus stop is $165.
The numbers below show you the results of the one day survey where bus drivers calculated cars not stopping at bus stops from districts here in the Tampa Bay:
- Citrus Co.: 75
- Hernando: 33
- Hillsborough: 333
- Manatee: 187
- Pasco: 808
- Pinellas: 481
- Polk: 732
- Sarasota: 329