SOUTH JORDAN, Utah- (ABC 4 Utah) – In one week, Jordan School District bus drivers counted more than 142 vehicles illegally passing stopped school buses.
The numbers shocked school district officials, who said of the 47 bus drivers who counted, 32 of them had at least one vehicle illegally pass their bus during morning and afternoon routes.
“It’s very frustrating,” said bus driver Shaun Dustin. “With amounts like that, it’s only a matter of time before another kid gets killed.”
State law requires drivers stop behind school buses that have flashing stop arms deployed. In two-lane roads, drivers must also come to a stop in front of buses that have flashing arms. Illegally passing buses can get you a hefty citation if you’re caught, police said.
Video surveillance can now be used against you in court after a new law went into effect in May. South Jordan Police have received surveillance video from the school district that shows vehicles illegally passing stopped school buses.
“We get the violation from the school district, we are able to identify the vehicle, and then we find and talk to the driver,” said Lt. Matt Pennington.
In one day, Jordan School District counted nearly 70 stop arm violations. School districts around Utah recently surveyed their bus drivers and in one day counted nearly 1,500 violations.
Nationally, school districts have reported close to 80,000 stop arm violations in one day, district officials said.