26 drivers caught passing stopped school buses in one week in St. Lawrence County
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.