A bus driver for the North Syracuse Central School District is concerned about the safety of her students after seeing many people illegally pass the bus on a daily basis when it has its lights on.
“We all worry about our kids. I mean you get to know these kids they’re like family to you,” said Carolyn Klym.
Klym said she does everything in her power to help the kids make it home safely, including not allowing them to cross the road until she sees the coast is clear.
“It’s getting worse and worse and unless we stop people from doing this, that they get some kind of consequence for doing this, it’s not going to stop,” Klym said.
New York State has been working to pass a legislation that would put cameras on the stop signs of the busses, catching those who break the law. However, it’s a work in progress.
“That’s down the road, they’re working towards that–that’s not something that’s active right now. So right now the only thing that they could be is they could be notified,” said Matthew Conti, Director of Transportation for North Syracuse Central School District.
Police do what they can to crack down on drivers passing busses, but they can’t catch everyone.
Bus drivers are left with trying to document the violation which gets handed over to the DMV. From there, the person gets a warning letter.
A mere slap on the wrist, though, isn’t enough for Klym, especially when a child’s life is on the line.
“It’s not a matter of if it will happen, it’s a matter of when. It shouldn’t be happening, a child should not lose their life or become so injured that they’ll never walk again because someone ran the buses’ reds,” Klym said.
Conti said Route 11 and Taft Road in North Syracuse are the most common places where they catch people illegally passing buses.