SCOTT COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) – A Scott County mother says she has seen too many close calls at her daughter’s bus stop with drivers disregarding bus stop signals. She wants people to stop and obey the law before children get hurt.
Lora Martin says a driver blew past a bus with its stop sign activated just before her daughter and two other children began to cross busy US 25 to get on their school bus. Her dash cam caught the entire thing.
‘We came very close this morning to having a very tragic accident,” Martin told LEX 18.
Martin says the bus driver had stopped, had activated his caution lights and the stop arm for the children to cross and load.
“A black truck came flying past us, he actually swerved off the road to avoid hitting the bus and in doing so nearly mowed over my child and two other children,” said Martin.
She wants the driver charged. She claims close calls like this happen too often.
The Scott County Sheriff looked at the video and said that the law may not apply since the stop sign was not all the way out.
But that doesn’t mean that the driver gets a pass, officers still want to talk to him.
“It’s our understanding the person who captured this video has seen this person do this before and seen this person do other behaviors they think is a risk to children. So what we’re going to try to do is identify this person and have that conversation,” Sgt Eddie Hart told LEX 18.
The superintendent of Scott County Schools says the district’s buses travel 10,000 miles a day and that they stand by the stop’s location.
“‘The transportation staff is telling me where that bus stop is the safest place we can do in that general area,” Dr. Kevin Hubb explained.
Still, Lora is frustrated and wonders what it will take to make a change for the safety of children in that area.