By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
Posted Oct. 21, 2022
A disturbing trend on the local roads continues to be the case in Huron Township, and police continue to respond with extra bus stop patrols.
Huron Township police were on the lookout for drivers bypassing school bus stop lights on Wednesday morning.
During the special operation that was organized by the department’s traffic services unit, police caught and cited three drivers for passing buses with stop lights flashing.
The operation included several plain clothes officers on multiple buses, unmarked police vehicles following multiple buses, and fully marked patrol vehicles assigned to initiate traffic stops on offenders.
High School, middle school, and elementary bus routes were targeted and enforced.
“I truly cannot understand what is going through the mind of a driver who values a child’s life so little that they blow through the emergency lighting without second thought. We will continue to do these proactive details on a regular basis as the safety of our children is our top priority. If you as a driver feel that you in such a hurry that you put one of our kids safety in jeopardy, my advice is to think twice, leave earlier for your destination, or accept your citation that we will gladly serve to you. We will have a zero-tolerance policy as always regarding this issue,” said Everette Robbins, director of public safety.
Even though the responsibility is on the driver to stop, parents can still make the bus stop a safer place for their children by being there with them at the bus stop.
Robbins said it surprises him how many children, including those in elementary school, are at the bus stop alone.
“One thing that continues to blow my mind is the number of elementary age children standing by the busy road alone while parents waved from the door or were nowhere to be visibly seen. My advice in the name of safety would be for parents to be with their children until they safely are on the bus, especially as we enter the cold weather season. We noted those addresses as we observed them and plan to make personal contact with parents to discuss how dangerous this really is for their children,” he said.
During Wednesday’s patrol, one driver on Sibley Road passed a stopped school bus without slowing down at all.
Robbins pointed out that in the video, you can see an adult stopping the child from crossing the road to get on the bus.
“Thankfully an adult was with that child, and they certainly saved that child’s life by holding them back from crossing,” Robbins said.
The driver was pulled over and cited for careless, driving and driving on a suspended license. Afterwards, her vehicle was towed.
Here is video:
Year to date, Huron Township police have caught 48 drivers bypassing buses with stop lights.
I’m so GLAD TO SEE THIS,, I’m a BUS DRIVER AND PEOPLE RUN MY REDS ALL THE TIME.. but our bus’s have Rear cameras and we can capture license plates.. and have tickets sent to them…