10 News gets action against school bus stop sign runners

8:47 AM, Feb 18, 2014   |    comments
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Pasco County, Florida -- State Road 54 always busy, especially at 8 in the morning. And on this morning, Doug Drysdale and his sons, 11-year-old Ilan and baby Eben, wait for the school bus wondering if today will be any different.

Drysdale has been dealing with concerns for Ilan's safety while getting on the bus. One morning he captured one car on his cell phone ignoring the school bus' stop sign.

"It happens every other day, on average," Drysdale says. "Some are just oblivious to the law, and you see a lot make a conscious decision just to blast past the bus. They'll slow down and then really hammer the gas."

Drysdale said he followed all the proper channels, he called the sheriff's office and contacted the school district without getting any action.

It's tough watching kids get on the bus when cars are going 60 mph just 20 feet away from them," he says.

Frustrated, he contacted 10 News who took his concerns to the sheriff's office. The next morning, two patrol cars and two motorcycle deputies were at the bus stop. Once the bus arrived, just as Drysdale said, a car passed the bus without stopping.

"It's nice to see they're finally taking action on the subject. Hopefully we'll get some awareness on the situation," he says.

The driver was issued a four-point $269 ticket, and Drysdale was given a little peace of mind.

"We're really grateful to Channel 10. One quick phone call to Channel 10 and we got a whole cavalry down here. We're very grateful for the station for getting some action."


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