The Reynoldsburg Division of Police is cracking down on drivers after receiving numerous complaints about drivers illegally passing school buses during pickups and drop-offs.
According to police, there have been several recent incidents when drivers have passed buses as students have disembarked and tried to cross the street in front of the buses. During these incidents, the buses have used all required safety signals, including red lights and the extended stop sign.
“I’ve gotten several other complaints saying that it’s happening all over the city,” said Reynoldsburg Police Officer Tamara Jackson. “To me, it doesn’t make any kind of sense. I have a school-age child and I make sure every single day that I tell him to watch for the cars, but at the same time we’ve got to start telling drivers to watch for these kids.”
Jackie Reynard, a mother of a student, said she sees drivers not paying attention all the time and it upsets her.
“They’re all texting and driving; they’re talking to their friends in the car; it’s frustrating,” Reynard said. “You never know what’s going to happen if you don’t stop, and if you hit somebody you will live with that for the rest of your life.”
Reynoldsburg Police say they are stepping up patrols around bus stops. Drivers who pass a stopped bus that is dropping off or picking up students will be issued a citation and must appear in court.
“I think it sends the message that we aren’t going to allow people to do this and think that it’s okay,” Ofc. Jackson said. “Slow down. Pay attention. Stop when you need to.”