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Bus driver said passing of buses happening in Stephenville area

C-Mac Construction is operating 10 school buses in Stephenville and area.

Max Chambers said the problem with drivers passing buses when the lights are activated is now almost a daily occurrence.

“We’re (bus drivers) stopped dropping off kids and some drivers don’t notice the red lights flashing no more than a tail light on a car,” said the school bus supervisor and driver for C-Mac Construction Ltd.

The same types of problems were reported in parts of eastern and central Newfoundland this week. Chambers said it’s no different here.

C-Mac Construction Ltd. is running 10 school buses in Stephenville and area and Chambers said there had already been a few close calls with students they drop off. He said while there have been some incidents with drivers maneuvering around the bus, the majority of the incidents are when drivers are approaching the bus from the opposite direction.

“They just shoot on through, not even slowing down most of the time,” he said. “Where there is no plate on the front of cars now, it’s difficult to even get a plate number, and they know that.”

Chambers said is aware of one incident where a bus driver got a plate number and when it went to court it was thrown out, he said.

He said the worst places for this erratic driving are on Queen Street and Georgia Drive in Stephenville, Kippens Road and on Main Street in Port au Port East.

“This has been going on for years. I expect any time at all to see someone knocked down by one of these drivers,” Chambers said.

He said the answer might be to have more patrols by police, but realizes even that would be hard for them to control because they have 10 buses doing different streets, making four trips each a day.

“While I believe some don’t notice the lights and pass on through, I believe there are some drivers who actually do it on purpose,” Chambers said.

Geographic location: Stephenville, Newfoundland, Queen Street Kippens Road Port au Port East

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  • dave
    May 21, 2014 - 09:16

    ridiculous statement! the drivers can tell if the bus is slowing down without yellow lights....and they can certainly tell when its stopped! its plain ignorance...thats the biggest problem. dont make excuses

  • Jack
    May 21, 2014 - 06:24

    The big problem with school buses in Newfoundland and Labrador is they don't use yellow lights to warn drivers that a bus is about to stop and then use red lights to indicate that it stopped to drop off the students. In other provinces, notably Nova Scotia and Quebec, school buses are equipped with amber and red lights, and not just red lights.