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Bus Driver: People Ignore My Stop Arm "Six Times A Day"

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Greensboro, NC - It's not just inconvenient, it's an inexcusable truth.

Each and every day, drivers are ignoring school bus stop arms and putting children's lives at risk.

We started asking questions weeks ago. But now that four Triad kids have been hit and one killed since December, we had to know how bad is the problem?

The North Carolina Department of Public Schools tracked bus stop violations across the state in one day.

Get this, in that one day, 3200 vehicles passed buses while the stop arm was out.

152 were in Guilford County.

And Forsyth County wasn't far behind, With 80 vehicles passing bus stop arms In that one day!

And what's scary is they surveyed only a fraction of the bus stops. So this could be happening tens of thousands of times every day.

Lisa Joseph says she watches drivers pass her stop arm at least six times a day.

Here are some highlights of her interview with WFMY News2's Frank Mickens.

FRANK: "Lisa you're in the driver's seat. We're not ever in the driver's seat, most of us. What would you say in a given week, the number of times people just ignore the stop arm and pass you?" LISA: "Probably about six for most of the regular buses."

FRANK: "That's in a week six." LISA: "In a week."

FRANK: "So what does that make you feel like?" LISA: "My heart drops to my stomach and I just get sick. What if? It's always that what if question."

FRANK: "Excuses you hear. Why are people doing this?" LISA: "I'm in a hurry. I've got an appointment. I've get to get to work. I gotta do this. I gotta do that, instead of thinking about the children."

LISA: "This happened the other day and a car came right up to the stop arm only because they got that look, 'I dare you.'" FRANK: "You looked at the driver." LISA: "I looked at them. This was me, myself. I looked at them and I said I dare you."

FRANK: "What do you think are some of the answers? "

LISA: "I've seen some other states that had the stop arm also in the rear of the bus and they would be able to see before they get right at the front of the bus. Then the kids crossing the road then they would see it instead of saying they didn't see it."

"The parents, a lot of them need to be somebody out there with those children. It's not always the stop location. It's that there's somebody out there supervising those children."

WFMY News2

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