School bus drivers in St. Lawrence County caught dozens of drivers illegally passing stopped school buses in one week alone, according to the county’s Traffic Safety Program and a transportation survey.
The New York Association for Pupil Transportation's North Chapter did a survey of illegal school bus passing in St. Lawrence County and the surrounding area's school districts between March 3 and 7 and noted 26 instances.
Potsdam Central recorded eight instances of illegal school bus passing, Norwood-Norfolk three, Morristown Central three, Colton-Pierrepont one, St. Regis Falls two, Parishville-Hopkinton two, Massena three and Harrisville three.
Madrid-Waddington and Edwards-Knox reported none.
It is illegal in New York to pass a bus with its red lights flashing, whether approaching from the front or rear.
The NYAPT is a professional association with members based out of school districts, BOCES, community and technical colleges, private school bus operators and community-based programs.
The North Chapter is headed up by Frank Barney of the Edwards-Knox Central School District and Darrin Jock of the Brushton-Moira Central School District.